Its always a pleasure shooting with ‘Big Wave’ aka ‘Mad Mike’ aka ‘Highly Viral’ aka Mike Arnold. We were out in Paris this October and the tight crew consisted of Mike, Korahn Gayle, Jamie Platt, Phil Parker and Rich Smith, with Tyrone O’ Hanaran and Kyron Davis also making appearances.
The week was real fun, just like the Copenhagen trip, and everyone went in! We went to ‘Le Dome’; the well known spot with marble floor, hench hubbas and the famous double sets. Mike decided to skate a lesser hit obstacle, a tall block off a three. The ledge was really photogenic as you could see the dope sculpture in the background.
Mike started trying a few Spanish Grinds (180 fakie nosegrind back to regular) – the shapes on this trick are banging and it looked good photogenically as I had managed to frame him in between the windows. He eventually landed it and we were both pleased with the end result. He then shot a few more photos that same day (look out for the Paris article coming soon!) Little did he know that this Spanish Grind photo would get used as the cover for Sidewalk Magazine, Issue 224. We were both stoked!
Ever since I’ve met Mike he’s always been smashing it but this year he has fully caught peoples eyes and he is blowing up. This photo was definitely a favourite of mine from the past year as we’d always shoot photos in the past and joke about it being a cover…we’d say ‘Could be covers’ but this time it actually happened!