Etienne van Rensburg is a 23-year-old South African who works as a photographer and videographer for Specialized Bicycles. In town for some company business, van Rensburg ventured over to Prarie City OHV Park for the Hangtown kickoff of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Nationals, where he shot his first-ever motocross photos. Needless to say, his images are breathtaking, and it’s awesome to see the perspective of a non-endemic photographer. We were lucky enough to have Etienne share his work with us, and he also dropped us this note… Enjoy!
“South African born and raised, I've been fortunate enough to be shooting pro cycling all around the world for the past four years, from Downhill World Cup events to Pro Road races. It's a pretty fun journey and it beats having a real job any day of the week. I've been riding MX/Enduro/Adventure bikes since the age of 14, but have been a loyal MX/SX fan for as long as I can remember.
“Hangtown was the first MX shoot I've done, and from the moment I arrived I could tell it was going to be different; the smell of race fuel in the air, the sound of 4 strokes hitting the rev limiter over the Fly 150 jump…luckily I found some earplugs in my bag from my flight. The sheer badassery of it all, was amazing to witness: this is what men were born to do. Something that stood out was how well and respected the media was treated by the industry at the event, it was a great experience and I hope to be able to get to more races in the future!
Special thanks to Sean Estes for going out of his way and making this opportunity available for me.”
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