I recently submitted a few photos to American Photo for their feature on sports photography and was thrilled to find this photo of Mikkel Bang was published. The photo was taken this winter. We were in the Whistler backcountry, it was late in the day, and my crew was still motivated to get shots. This was Mikkel's first time hitting the jump. He was trying a backside 180 and misjudged his speed and went way too big. He opened up like this to keep his balance. On the next try he got the trick but it just doesn't look as cool as this one.