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Every skater looks for the best gaps to land. Red Bull athlete Jean-Marc Johannes took it to a whole ‘nother level when he landed a gap suspended 10 metres in the air, with Cape Town’s famed Table Mountain as the backdrop.
Although he conjured up the idea two years ago, the actual shoot took months of planning.
Leander Lacey, well-known stuntman and stunt coordinator for the shoot, explained the intricacies of arranging the shoot: “The most difficult thing about the shoot was making sure that the containers maintained a consistent position and were stable so not to rock while he was in action.”
Two 12-metre containers were suspended above the yard in Culemborg on Cape Town’s Foreshore, three metres apart. Though most skaters land gaps like that daily, they don’t it suspended 10 metres in the air.
“I’m still pumped on adrenaline! It’s by far the craziest thing I’ve ever done,” Jean-Marc said after the gap jump. “To be honest, I really thought it would be easier but once you’re up there it’s pretty scary. I’m so stoked it happened.”