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Shooting Action Sports by Todd Grossman

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1 A History of Action Sports and Filmmaking

An Introduction

There are more than 75 million action-sports participants in the United States today, and well over 100 million fans.1 That number has been growing steadily since the mid-’80s, with no signs of slowing. So how does this affect you and your desire to shoot action sports? Significantly.

Action sports were introduced to the mainstream world in the late 1980s under the all too well-known term “extreme sports.” In 1995, one of the worldwide leaders in sports, ESPN, saw value in this growing niche and quickly founded the Extreme Games. The ensuing years demonstrated enormous growth in all disciplines — from the top-rated aggressive in-line skating of the 1990s, to the acceptance of snowboarding ...

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