Photographers rarely get to direct a shoot in snowboarding. It's understood that the quest for spots is driven by what will be worthy of a shot in a video. We are granted few moments of executive authority, so they best be well-spent. Much like a challenge flag in sports, if you lose the challenge, you lose you're option at future challenges. Driving into the parking lot at this college in Duluth, Minnesota, I locked in on this sculpture immediately. I had a perfect transition like a quarter pipe and was even white, which would make it look like snow. A shot like this might make a video part as filler, but it's not going to be memorable in that format. As a photo however, this is as good as it gets for what I'm trying to do. Luckily I get to work with riders who share the vision, or at least trust me when they don't. If I was making a dream list of riders I'd want to shoot here, it would have been short a short list and included Justin Bennee and Aaron Biittner, both of whom were in the car that day. Both needed zero convincing to get on this feature, but the shot favored a regular foot rider, so Biittner went and delivered in 3 tries, which is about all we had before security rolled up.