|Diamondback's 2011 Team consists of riders Billy Lewis, Kyle Thomas, Eric Porter, and Kelly McGarry, and this year after Sea Otter I joined them at their team camp in south western Utah. Also at the camp were team manager Jon Kennedy, videographer Kevin Philbin, and photographer Justin Olsen. The camp was based out of Hurricane, just outside of Saint George, and Porter had arranged for a sweet house for the team. Not having to live out of a hotel room was amazing, even though I did end up sleeping on my thermarest on the floor.|
|Video guy Kevin Philbin documented the whole trip. At any one time Kevmo (nicknamed slow-mo by the crew) probably had 3 or 4 cameras running. From his Canon 7d to a handful of GoPro's and a few others, Kevin collected what amounted to hours of footage. I'm stoked I don't have to go through and edit it all...|
| Kyle Thomas in the early morning light on Grafton. |
Photoshoots like this one take a lot out of you. Wake up call is early enough to be at the first location when the sun comes over the horizon, and bedtime is usually only a few hours before that. Shoot until sunset, then pack up, dinner, showers, get ready for the next day's shoot. For the photographers add in the steps of downloading images, cleaning cameras, and charging batteries. 4 hours sleep a night is not unusual for a photographer on a multi-day catalog shoot.
|Back in 2006, Porter and I along with Mike Kinrade and Steve Romaniuk built a step up near Hurricane to film for Kranked. It measures about 45 feet lip to landing, and the run in is straight down the side of the ridge. In 2006 Porter did a tuck no hander over it, and now 5 years later he wanted to do something more. Kelly practices levitating at the base of the lip to get ready...|
|Eric Porter hit the jump a bunch of times perfectly, always about 30 mph according to the data from his Contour Camera. Then he decided it was time and busted out this sick tailwhip. 31 mph this time, 50 feet on a 45 foot step up, chucked the bike and landed like a pancake, didn't even bounce. It wasn't pretty to see, and the sounds a person makes when the wind is completely taken out of them are not easy on the ears. Happily he was mostly alright, shook up and a little concussed, but nothing serious. Sometimes all it takes is that extra 1 mph to put you over the edge...|
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