Makin' Sand Castles with Andre Phillip

Boom! Dre flicks up a shower of sand for Photographer Jason Lombard.
As the sport of kiteboarding reaches maturity, photographers can’t get away with snapping a pic of some guy in mid air anymore. They need something different, something that hasn’t been done before…

Skateboarders did it with obstacles and lights, snowboarders pioneered point of view filming, and surfers thanked Nick Woodman for the invention of the GoPro, the first camera that really got deep inside a barrel. Kiteboarding has tried a few out-of-the-box photoshoots in the last decade, and the resulting photographs have pushed the envelope further than any kiteboarder in 2003 thought possible.

So when Andre Phillip slid up onto this bit of secluded beach, somewhere in the world; planted the nose of his board and flicked up into a front roll transition: photographer Jason Lombard was one seriously lucky guy; in the perfect place at the perfect time. Or perhaps it wasn't luck... Either way, nobody has style like Dre, and there’s only a handful of kiters in the world that could pull a trick like the one pictured above. Aside from being positioned right in front of this legendary kiteboarders, Jason was right in the firing line. He’s downwind of the rider, and the sand (which very likely would have ended up all over him); exactly where Dre would have ended up if he stacked it.

Skill, Trust and a little bit of luck comes together in the photo of Andre Phillip’s Sand Flip above. Check it out!


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