Action photography isn’t easy, especially when it comes to sports like snowboarding. Not only must snowboard photographers think and shoot quickly to capture fast-moving riders, they also have to consider unexpected changes in light and cold, wet conditions. And lug heavy, expensive equipment around while also keeping up with their subjects. We scoured our Holiday Gift Guide for cool gift ideas for snowboard photographers, and put them in one spot. Here you’ll find F-Stop backpacks, GoPro cameras, Goal Zero solar charging portables, books and movies with amazing snowboard culture imagery, and BCA two-way radios that improve communication between photographers and riders. Join the production team. Show the camera-crazy rider in your life how much you support their passion to portray the true beauty of our favorite pastime.
F-Stop camera packs, L > R: Lotus ($229), Shinn ($429), Tilopa ($299), Guru UL ($159) – When it comes to camera packs for snowboarding, our photo director argues in favor of F-Stop bags. The company makes rugged yet lightweight, ergonomic backpacks with modular compartmentalization so photographers can quickly access gear in the field without having to manage any unnecessary extras or feel pulled off-balance while riding.
GoPro HERO5 Black ($400) & HERO5 Session ($300) – Hands-free voice control and waterproof without a housing are some noteworthy upgrades in the HERO5 Black series. Users can also turn cameras on and start recording with one push, and review and edit footage on the Hero5 Black's two-inch touch screen. The robust builds can take a beating, and if recording during those beatings, the image stabilizer will iron out some jitters.
Goal Zero Nomad 7 ($80) & Flip 30 ($50) – Fuel up on sun rays while on the road or the trail with this weather-resistant solar panel, then drop the portable recharger in your pack or pocket and have three phones worth of juice for several days of use. They work separately with other electronics like camera battery chargers, GPS trackers, and media players, but pair perfectly for the holidays like cookies and milk.
Insight Book with DVD ($45) – Follow the cast of our new film as they rip their stomping grounds and destinations across the world. The movie is available on iTunes, and the book, which also comes with the DVD, is a behind-the scenes look at Insight. It's what we did with the most hammertime photos shot during the making of the film. What resulted is a coffee table keeper.
BCA Link ($150 each) – This two-way radio with a USB-rechargeable lithium-ion battery lasts up to four days in cold weather and is compatible with FRS/GMRS radios. Controls are easy to handle with gloves on, the radio and base unit are fully sealed to keep moisture out, and the system can be carried as two separate parts: base unit in your pack, speaker/microphone in jacket or clipped to shoulder strap.
Snow Beach ($40) – The history of snowboarding style is remembered in this beautiful photo book, which highlights the late-80s and early-90s, when our favorite sport was in its rebellious heyday. "Snow Beach draws on the best photographers of the era to document the lifestyle, fashion, and feats of athleticism that defined the decade." – powerHouse Books