Words and photos by Fooman
I was pleasantly surprised by an incoming call from Fred (Murray) and even more surprised when asked if I was free to go to out to Spain to spend some time with a few members of the Flybikes team. I was due to fly out in the next couple days to meet up with Sergio, Stefan, Courage and their filmer, Hugo. This was my fifth time to Barcelona. I'd be staying at Stefan's pad and soaking up the Spanish life, and boy was it good! Each day I would be woken by the beautiful Xsipa, a seven month old Red Setter pup who would notify me whenever someone was off to the bakery down the road to collect some goods for breakfast. The trip had already been a week or so long and everyone appeared to be a bit beat. Courage had to go back home after a day which was unfortunate and the crew shrank some more as Sergio also had to go the day after that. This left myself, Hugo and Stefan to spend the next 4-5 days soaking up the sun and getting some last bits on film/photo. This didn’t slow anything down; Stefan went on to tick off some things he had wanted to shoot for a while which was a treat to experience first hand! Here's some of the photos I came home with - enjoy!
"Lloret trails - I don’t think I’ve ever shot a photo of someone going over a pump bump / roller before but after seeing Stefan and Sergio hit this thing I had to."
"When Sergio flows, Sergio flows!"- Fooman
The Dragon slide. I would say this is a fairly well known spot and if you have been here you'll understand how retarded this gap to wall is. It’s actually a wall ride to wall ride, so pocket wall from the right hand side. I did shoot this sequence but it didn’t look right so the single frame it is. This was saved for the last day before I flew back home - I was stood in the taxi line whilst shooting this, which I found quite funny. Stefan got this done and I got my taxi. What a perfect send off!
Finding this curved wall turned out to be a slight challenge. Stefan had previously been to this spot (Nike 'Partners In Crime) and showed me the video saying he wanted to tyre slide the top on exiting the wall but couldn’t exactly remember where it was. After a few phone calls and texts and still no luck we went on a whim and luckily rolled past it fairly soon! Stefan was straight in and up top sliding. I asked Stefan to do this a couple times even though we went with the first photo… Sorry Stefan!
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