Nate Perry photographed by Jason Lee
Camera – Nikon D3
Lens – Nikon 80-200 F2.8 AFS
Settings – 1/1250 @ f5
Where and when did this stunt go down?
NP: Off of Chuluota RD right near my house sometime late April. It was before my trip to France with the Shredtown crew so were were all in Orlando and super stoked to be riding / filming together and getting ready for a big summer.
How long had you been eying it up?
NP: I would say a solid 4 months. I drive by it every day and was waiting for the water to be at the right level because it’s just a little drainage ditch that is dry most of the time, but after a few solid April showers it was ready to hit. Andrew, Chris and Davis from Shredtown came over one day with a winch and their camera just ready to make things happen so I decided to finally just sac up and go for it.
What were the challenges of the setup?
NP: Well obviously the number one challenge was the consequence of not making it. The top of that fence was looking more like a chainsaw blade when we started setting things up. It was also a super short start up AND we saw two snakes in the water before we even got the winch anchored. Plus there was only water on one side of the fence and it was only knee deep, so falling on this hit was not an option.
How many times did you hit it?
NP: It took me about 6 tries to get locked in and once I did I almost couldn’t get off of the thing! I slid it for about 40 feet until the angle of the rope got so intense it ended up helping to pull me off the top of the fence. I landed and was flying towards the winch with little room to spare and nearly took out the photographer in the process. After that slide we were all just freaking out and so stoked that we got the shot and that my body was still in one piece.
What is the footage for?
NP: The Shredtown video that we are planning to premier around expo of next year. I have plans to go back to the fence and get a couple different variations of slides on it but I’m not in a hue rush haha! The video is going to be sick there are so many different jibs and hits that are super gnarly like this one so as long as we can all stay in one piece the outcome is going to be insane!
“A wobbly jagged metal fence, ankle deep stagnant water, and one big black snake is what we were dealing with when we shot this photo. When we first showed up to this spot I was kind of hesitant that we would get anything done. If you leaned on, or put any weight on this fence it would sway between a foot or two easy. The fence was so wobbly that I thought it would be too hard to lock on to it. We got the winch set up and I wanted to show how long the fence was so I decided to post up along the fence right in front of the winch. As soon as I got in my spot where I was going to shoot we found this big black snake just chilling in a branch that was on the ground. So now in the back of my mind I am thinking about this snake and if it’s going to creep up on me (I really hate/fear snakes) and I have to watch out for the handle so it doesn’t whack me in the face after Nate lets go of it as it’s speeding back towards the winch.
As far as the photo goes, this shot was Nate’s last hit on it. The first few hits Nate had were pretty short, quick on and off. The last hit Nate took he locked on and 5050ed that fence for ever, and that’s when I shot this photo.”