November 21, 2021

I love riding in Southwestern Utah! My first real southwest trip was in 1999, shooting for Kranked 5, and we ended up filming at a number of locations including Gooseberry Mesa. That was for the women's section with Marla Streb, Elke Brutsaert, Elladee Brown, Daamian Skelton, and Lisa Sher. Fast forward 20 years and between film projects, Red Bull Rampage events, and just simply hanging out and riding with friends, I've spent a fair bit of time in South Western Utah, mostly in the Hurricane and Virgin area. I look at things while I'm riding, as photographers tend to do, and I see things I want to shoot. Utah has a long list of things I've seen that I want to shoot.

So it's no surprise then that back in April of this year when Kirt Voreis and I had the opportunity to create some photos and a video for the launch of the new SDG Tellis Adjustable Lever, Hurricane was at the top of my list of places to shoot.

On almost every trip there I've ridden Guacamole and Gooseberry Mesa, and every time I look at the natural rocky landscape I see it as a giant skatepark. It's a super fun place to ride, full of natural hits and jibs, super playful riding. Translating that into photos however is not quite that easy. While many features look great from far away and might be fun to play on, only a select few ever really work well for photos. And I didn't really know which ones would work out for us.

One and half days of scouting and three days of shooting later, this is what we ended up with.

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