New Film: Kris Fox 2013
Around this time last year Kris and I met up 5 days in a row, filmed and put out an edit shortly after. I’m pretty sure it was Kris that was like, use the clip of the fence jump as the thumbnail so people get interested and have to watch the video all the way through. I’m not sure if it was that or a little bit of everything, but it ended up with 120,000 views and The Come Up called him the next Mike Aitken. So that’s what we had to live up to.
Over the last year Kris had eyed up all the gaps he wanted to do and in October we started meeting up to knock them out. First up was Long Beach, we went in the morning because Kris wanted to be able to ride the whole park without worrying about crashing into anyone.
Chino was next, we spent 20 or so on minutes getting the prep shots and then Kris went to eye up a gap. I’m pretty sure he didn’t plan on doing that quarter to quarter over the spine gap but after eyeing it up, he decided it would work. He jumped it first try no problem and decided to go for a lookback. He popped wrong, got too far over the coping, cased and went right to his face. He was out of it for a while, I dont think unconscious but definitely confused. He was done after that.
For the next week or so he debated going back to pull it, but we decided to just keep the original straight air. The landing quarter is just too steep, it could easily happen again. We did go back to Chino to get the lookback over that quarter to wedge gap.
Next up was the banger. He had found another way to jump out of Jurupa park. We called up photographer Brian Johnson and headed down. It happened to be some holiday so the park was packed with kids out of school. It was pretty windy too so we almost called it. The gap had been on Kris’s mind so long though that he just had to get it over with regardless of the conditions. We basically asked the entire park to stop skating, Kris took a few run ups and then did it. It definitely doesn’t look as wild and out of control as the original one, but I think that’s just Kris’s growing comfortability with jumping out of skateparks because the gap is way bigger.
One of the last things Kris had in mind was doing something on the roof of my house. We looked at various options and approaches and finally settled on a manual over the peak into the driveway. He didn’t want to land completely flat so we brought out an old couch, put down some 1″ ply and called it good. The first try his angle was a bit off and he was aimed toward the left of the peak when the landing was set up on the right side. He tried to correct and his wheel slipped, sending him into a no footer off the roof. For as bad as it could have gone it really went amazingly well. He was pretty much unhurt and Within a few minutes ready to go again.
Overall I think this is Kris’s best edit yet. It’s hard to say if it will get the views of last years but we’ll find out in a day or two.
Thanks for reading!