Drew Bezansen had a dream. He wanted to build a huge BMX park at the back of his friend’s property in his hometown of Truro, Nova Scotia using only wood and ship-ping containers.
They started by clearing trees and levelling the dirt. It took months to prepare and build all the features because it rained so hard every day that the mud made it im-possible to move material around. Finally, we got our shooting window, which was only a couple of hours each day during a week in August. We could only shoot after the morning showers let up and just before the evening rain started again.
We plugged away slowly that week creating more and more shots, saving this flat drop, the biggest of the entire set up, until the very last day. He had a few tricks in mind he was going to do but hadn't made up his mind about doing a backflip yet. The stakes were high and nothing of this size with a flat take off had ever been flipped before. Something in his head triggered and he yelled lets do it before being lifted on top by a crane. I was ready, shaking a bit, knowing I was only getting one chance for the shot, land or slam. My favorite part of the shot is the expression on his face in the landing frames.