A humongous congratulations goes out to my boy Sage Kotsenburg for bringing home the first ever gold medal in slope style! Couldn’t have happened to a better dude! You deserve it, man!
We got this shot last June (yes, June) for the Transworld Photo Annual. Sage drove all the way from Salt Lake City just to get this one shot. Although I’d met him before, I wouldn’t say I really knew him yet. After getting to the spot he wasted no time in starting to build the jump, keeping the atmosphere light with some fun banter. As we finished the booter, the sun was already getting low in the sky. Knowing that we had a limited amount of time to get the shot, Sage jumped right in, sending a couple 3’s over the 12 foot tall stump to warm up. Within a few minutes he was getting inverted and it was ON! He landed a few perfect ones but I was having a tough time nailing the timing. Luckily Sage is a total trooper and a complete pro, so despite the flat landing, he kept sending it over the stump until I finally got the shot we needed. After shooting all afternoon, he jumped back in his truck and booked it back to SLC that night.
Ever since then, he’s been one of my favorite snowboarders, not just to watch, but for the awesome, positive, creative person he is. Can’t wait to work with him again!!!