The latest episode of our miniseries features the one and only, Christian Pondella. Christian’s unique story and skill set separates him from the rest of the action/sports community. Putting himself in difficult to reach locations and high risk access points are the name of his game; often leading to unique photos and perspectives never seen before. From cliff diving to ice climbing, ski mountaineering to mountain biking, he’s captured it all.

With the latest addition to the Pondella family, Christian now balances his time out in the field, and home with his wife and son. As one of the main photographers for Red Bull USA for the last 13 years, he’s documented a number of events from Felix Baumgartner’s record setting space jump, to Brandon Semenuk’s decent down the steep lines at Rampage.

Outside of Red Bull, Christian serves as a senior photographer for Powder Magazine. His work has been published in nearly every major ski publication around the globe, as well as Outside Magazine, Sports Illustrated, ESPN, Maxim, and a number of others.

In this episode, Christian shows us how it all started and what he does on his days off.

Special Thanks to Christian Pondella (christianpondella.com
Skier: Bernard Rosow
Climbers: Ryan Boyer and Brett Lotz
Video & Editing: Cameron Sylvester
Motion Graphics: Chad Jones & Cameron Sylvester
May it be a Sweet Sound – Adam Pasion
Josh Garrels – The Resistance
Location: Mammoth Lakes, California

A photo of Faction Christian Pondella at RedBull Rampage last year taken by Rogue Long Nguyen. Christian’s wearing an assortment of f-stop pieces on our Kago Belt system. For more on Rampage, check out Long’s article on Pinkbike posted earlier this month - Link

For more on f-stop and our products, check us out at our website at www.fstopgear.com.

Photo by Christian Pondella (@christianpondella)

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