John Epsteyn throws a huge gainer at DL Bliss State Park

John Epsteyn throws a huge gainer at DL Bliss State Park

The Line of the Week
Photo’s by Ryan Salm
Words by Ryan Salm & John Epsteyn
Location -Lake Tahoe
Jumper – John Epsteyn

The Gainer

The Gainer, running forward and doing a back flip.   The take off; left then right then launch off the left foot… Conscious of the air particles and wind floating through the air almost like skydiving but without the chute… Watching the rock walls or the open space flying by me as i am rotating upside down to reach my destination of impact… My quote is “Hesitation leads to miscalculation“. I live by this…. I look at my target once or twice then a couple of practice runs, then off the cliff I fly…. This is a meditation of the heart and mind, combined with the art of flight…. We all want to fly and this is what I have found to be piece of mind… Breath in and feel nature running through my veins… We are one.

John “Eatamtn” Epsteyn is zen inspired mad man from Reno, NV. I met him in an airport in Taipei and we embarked on a mission in Thailand for fun and adventure. When not roaming the streets in search of a ping pong show, we found ourselves standing atop cliffs above the Gulf of Thailand, throwing gainers and popping off frames. We have worked together on many occasions striving to get that perfect Tahoe Gainer shot.

For more of Ryan’s cliff jumping shots, check out:

John’s friend Ali scopes out the jump from above.

The Line of the Week is a weekly photo piece by Ryan Salm featuring some of Tahoe’s finest athletes doing whatever we deem rad. We will be using the term “Line” loosely to describe anything resembling chutes, big airs, pointers or any general madness. All images are the property and copyright of Ryan Salm Photography. All images are only to be used in conjunction with the Line of the Week. Any other usage must be cleared in writing by Ryan Salm.

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