One-footers can be kind of gimmicky tricks and are often pulled out when a rider is trying to make something out of nothing. Josh Dirksen is doing none of that here. This hip session already had plenty of airtime, including a backside air from Dirksen himself that was close to breaking the record that Heikki Sorsa had posted on a quarterpipe at the Arctic Challenge a few years earlier. There was no question that the shoot was a huge success and we could have easily called it. But Dirksen wanted to do a one-footer, which as you'd image started out small and safe, but then quickly escalated. It was absolutely surreal witnessing someone going this high, easily the biggest air with a foot out at the time and surpassed only once to this day by Bode Merrill (on a jump, so technically for a transition hit it still is tops). The session came to an immediate end, as there was truly nothing left to do. This photo became the first cover of a snowboarding magazine shot on a digital camera. It was the September 2006 issue of Transworld Snowboarding, which split the cover run between this shot and his aforementioned backside air on the same hip.