This is photo was taken in the Whistler Backcountry at a well known (to locals) spot named Mind Fuck. It gets it’s name from how blind the take off is while your riding into it. With proper speed, it feels like your going to land in the valley bottom. For some riders who fear this jump, coming up short and landing flat is way too common.
It was a windy day with gusts up to approximately 60mph. From the top, snowboarder Benji Ritchie thought the wind had died down so he yelled dropping over the radio. It wasn’t until he took off that he realized the wind was still howling down below. Lucky for him he kept his composure to make the landing, and lucky for me he dropped when he did because the wind in the photo makes all the difference.