A slopestyle rider from Sherwood Park, Alberta, Reilly Horan has been progressing his skills and hopes to enter the world of professional riding. This photo was captured on a photo trip from Calgary to Kamloops Bike Ranch.
The whole trip was centered around shooting this jump. After a brief trip to the location the day before to get an idea of angles and to fix up the jump, we returned before the sun came up the next morning. The riders were busy warming up and fixing the jump while I was choosing my one position to shoot from. There was not much time for adjustment once the sun appeared. Just before sunrise I called out to the riders that it was ‘go time’.
It went from 0 to 100 instantly! Flip whips, super flips, truck drivers, and a barrage of other big tricks were thrown down all at sunrise, but I knew it was Reilly's superman double seat grab that would steal the show. Shooting tricks like these, you have to have a fast trigger reaction once you see the rider at the peak of the trick, a split second either side and the photo is worthless. Luckily I was in good form on that early morning and I knew that would be a defining photo for myself.