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Garrett Cortese   [save as a favorite?]
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Image © 2015, Garrett Cortese/Alliance Wakeboard || Dieter Humpsch does a trick over a grassy area separating two ponds in the San Juan Mountains.
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Garrett Cortese: Editorial Director: Bonnier Corp
Address: Orlando, FL 32804, USA
Phone: 303-748-5903 (cell)
Garrett Cortese's Message: This past fall I was lucky enough to go on a trip to the San Juan Mountains outside of Silverton, Colorado. Put together by Red Bull, the trip featured pro wakeskaters Brian Grubb and Dieter Humpsch. By utilizing a winch (think lawnmower engine with spool of rope attached) Brian and Dieter were able to ride across bodies of water throughout the region. In a sort of homage to the miners of the area's past, we started at the Animas River in Silverton and made our way up into the mountains - back to the source. While miners were following the water for precious minerals, we were following the water for more water. Ultimately we made our way to an unbelievable lake close to 12,500 feet high. Three mines used to operate there and nearly everything was left behind when they shut down all those years ago. It was both eerie and awesome to walk amongst the debris and then photograph the guys wakeskating on the lake - and at times using some of the old mine scraps as obstacles to slide across.

The trip was a lot of work but also unbelievably fun. We featured the whole thing in a special story in the Photo Annual issue of Alliance Wake that came out in November. A more extensive gallery of images can be seen on the Alliance website here:

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I am currently the Editorial Director of Watersports for Wakeboarding and Waterski Magazines. I oversee the print and digital creation of both titles, along with special issues and brand extensions. Wakeboarding and Waterski are part of Bonnier Corp., one of the largest special-interest publishing groups in America, with more than 30 multichannel magazine brands extending into all platforms including digital media, books, events, product licensing and more.

Some of my recent freelance clients include Red Bull, Monster, Liquid Force, Electric, Vans, Fox, O'Neill, Body Glove, Reef, Spy, Oakley, Jet Pilot, Kicker audio, Slingshot, CWB, Axis, MasterCraft, Ronix, and many others.
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Member Since: 12.7.2002

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The images below are from the portfolio of Garrett Cortese. They are presented here for your viewing pleasure. These images may not be used elsewhere and are protected by copyright. To see these images, click on the icon and you will see a much larger image.
1 "River of Lost Souls - 1"
Dieter Humpsch does a trick over a grassy area separating two ponds in the San Juan Mountains.
2 "River of Lost Souls - 2"
Brian Grubb rides alongside the famous Durango-Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad as it pulls into the ...
3 "River of Lost Souls - 3"
Dieter Humpsch ollies down a spillway under a small bridge as the Durango-Silverton Narrow Gauge Rai...
4 "River of Lost Souls - 4"
Brian Grubb does a pop shuv-it with his wakeskate down a gap created by a beaver dam. The dam provid...
5 "River of Lost Souls - 5"
Dieter walking the rope back up to the top pond formed by the beaver dam.
6 "River of Lost Souls - 6"
The crew utilized Polaris RZR UTV's to get around the rugged terrain of the San Juan Mountains.
7 "River of Lost Souls - 7"
The last location of the trip was a lake at 12,500 feet. It required a two-mile hike with a 1,500 fo...
8 "River of Lost Souls - 8"
By utilizing some of the debris and scrap material from the old mines, Brian Grubb was able to creat...
9 "River of Lost Souls - 9"
Mother Nature's version of an infinity pool. The views throughout the San Juan Mountains are some of...
10 "River of Lost Souls - 10"
Dieter checking out some of the debris of the old mine.

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|| Garrett Cortese's Work History:
Internships The Muskegon Chronicle Michigan, (2005)
The Greeley Tribune Colorado, (2003)
San Mateo County Times California, (2002)
Full Time Alliance Wakeboard California, (2005 - Present)
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