I had an idea for a series of photographs incorporating light trails coming off snowboarders’ boards a while back. I'd done a couple already when TransWorld SNOWboarding asked me to come up with one for the cover of the photo annual.
By this time it was already late April and the snow was getting scarce. I reached out to a few riders but being the end of the season, they were just too exhausted. It was late May and looking too late. In a last ditch effort, I emailed Bobby Meeks (then the team manager for Nike Snowboarding), and he said he'd reach out to his riders. Within an hour I had an email from Sage Kotsenberg. I was ecstatic!
When we met, we were shocked to find there was no snow to be seen. So much had melted the 8-10ft stump was now more like 15ft. Sage is a pro though, and wasn't fazed. After a couple warm up hits, he started blasting over it. The action was so fast that I was having a hard time catching the exact moment his hand was hitting the stump.
It was almost too dark to see and Sage wasn't sure how many more attempts he had left in him. Luckily as the sky was showing its last signs of life, Sage launched a perfect one and I caught the moment. Transworld never did use the shot on the cover, but Transworld Japan ran it on the cover of their photo annual, so it was worth it! I owe a big thanks to Sage Kotsenberg, Mike Carter, Skye Mitchell, Andy Orley, and Chad Otterstrom for their help in making it happen!