RAW EX­PRES­SION

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GARBERVILLE, CAL­I­FOR­NIA | APRIL 1, 2018 | 10:59 A.M.

Ian Collins has been in Brandon Se­menuk’s in­ner cir­cle for years, shoot­ing stills for some the slopestyle star’s high­est-pro­file pro­jects, but Collins still con­sid­ers Se­menuk to be some­what of a mys­tery.

Se­menuk is fa­mously metic­u­lous with his plan­ning, break­ing down each course by fea­ture, trick or ticks on the clock. But, he keeps most of his thoughts in his head, or jots them in his ever-present black note­book.

Collins some­times doesn’t yet know the full ex­tent of Se­menuk’s men­tal mas­tery un­til they’ve been at a site for days, as was the case while build­ing and shoot­ing Se­menuk’s fourth Raw 100 this past spring in north­ern Cal­i­for­nia.

“We have to pry it out some­times … and some­times if we do have to drag it out of him, it’s like, ‘Oh god, this is go­ing to be gnarly,’” Collins says. “He knows ev­ery­thing he wants to do, and he’s think­ing in terms of sec­onds.”

On the first day of the shoot, as they were scout­ing the 500-acre pri­vate prop­erty that would later be­come Se­menuk’s dirt can­vas, Collins no­ticed Se­menuk’s hip cam­era and note­book on the car dash­board as they drove up a dirt road. The note­book de­tailed pre­cisely how he in­tended to spend each of the edit’s 100 sec­onds; it was a per­fect rev­e­la­tion of how he op­er­ates, as an artist, a dili­gent worker and the most pro­gres­sive rider on the planet.

“I al­ways knew he’d been think­ing this way, but see­ing this tan­gi­ble ar­ti­fact was proof of it.”

BY NI­COLE FORMOSA I PHOTO: IAN COLLINS

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