When we sit down to write a list of the most creative BMX riders out there at the moment, Kriss Kyle is always on it. The young Scot has made himself a fine career thanks to his own specific style of park and street riding – it's a fun approach that blends extremely technical elements with some big tricks and plenty of unexpected manoeuvres.
We're obviously big fans of Kriss Kyle, so when the opportunity came to work together after Canon challenged Kriss to get creative for a first time trick, we jumped at the chance to see what he would come up with. We knew that Kriss would be up for trying something new, he's not one to shy away from creative riding or capturing it on camera – that's what he does best!
For his First, Kriss attempted to land a pretty serious combo... A one footed barrel-roll to manual to 180. As Kriss said himself, the one footed barrel roll was very much inspired by Hucker's wild 360 kicks he does over big dirt jumps (you know the ones) but he was aiming to flip it sideways more, land in a manual and then flick the 180 and half cab into a bank. No mean feat! There are many elements to make this trick work, but the most important one was that it was a real challenge for Kriss to pull it for the first time.
The stage was set, cameras were ready, Kriss said, "Here we go", and the session was on!
Did he land it? You can see the results in the video above... Check the gallery below for some shots from both the Canon DSLR EOS 80D and the PowerShot G5 X cameras.
Q&A with Chaz Mailey
– How did you find the best angle for this photo?
"We actually ended up trying a few different angles for this one. It's quite an awkward trick to shoot because of the way Kriss was spinning and kicking his leg off. That meant it was quite hard to get the whole thing in the photo properly, the way we wanted it. So we tried about 4 or 5 different angles to try and find something we were both happy with and it worked out pretty good in the end!"
– How did you get on with the Canon EOS 80D?
"This camera is super easy to use. We were able to capture the whole thing – the camera was really good for this specific trick because it was a line, so when Kriss did the barrel roll and landed in the manual, I could just hold on the burst mode and follow him across to make a photo sequence."
– How did you get on with the Canon Powershot G5 X? Would you take it out on a ride?
"It's the perfect little camera to take on a ride, having a load of bulky camera stuff can be a burden but this thing fits right in your pocket. The flip out screen is real good for helping to get that perfect angle too."
– How did the photos turn out?
"They turned out really well, I think better than we both expected. I showed them to Kriss and he's really happy with them."
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