This was at the Barcelona dubjam in 2013. The day started with rain and at first it looked like the event was going to be suspended. Meanwhile, Joan had a morning fail. He was going at speed, about three meters off the ground when he fell down. He recovered within minutes to be ready for the jam, and was in third position when the tragedy happened.
All morning I was shooting with my Nikkor 35 mm F2.0 but for that spot, I decided to use the Fisheye Nikkor 16 mm F2.8.
Another gap to jump this time, and Joan was on fire. All the photographers were aware that he was about to do something special because he’s always pulling a surprise out of the box. He took a run and I prepared to make a sequence, it was all very quick and very improvised, and I did not have time to assemble flashes. He was the first, so nobody could make tests before, but then something went wrong. Joan touched the rail with the front wheel and quickly released the handlebar. TAC-TAC-TAC-TAC-TAC-TAC. I stopped shooting just before he hit the ground.
It was so dramatic, like slow-mo. Joan received a strong blow to the head. We called an ambulance and they quickly took him to hospital. He spent a few days in a coma then started riding the day after he came out, as if nothing had happened. Crazy life!