Australia?s Andrea Binning at Cordova in Alaska demonstrating the skills that saw her become a world champion extreme skiier.
Australia?s Andrea Binning at Cordova in Alaska demonstrating the skills that saw her become a world champion extreme skiier.

Crazy, but somebody has to take the pictures



CAPTURING insane snowboarding and surfing action on film, Tony Harrison, 40, puts his body on the line as much as his subjects.

"Once I jumped out of this helicopter onto some powder and was making my way down this slope when I realised there was no way I could get back up," the Terrigal photographer and extreme skiier recalls.

"Then I realised I couldn't see further down the slope either. It was a tricky situation.

"I started to make my way down when the snow started moving ? it was a mini-avalanche and I just had to go with it.

"Unfortunately there was a 15m crevasse at the bottom. It was pretty difficult to air over it with a heavy rucksack full of gear, but I stuck it."

The incident was only one of a number of hairy situations Harrison had to deal with during the filming of his new extreme sports documentary, The Obsession.

Combining still photography and film, it features some of the most amazing surfing and sports action captured on celluloid.

"There has only been a few photographers who have documented surf or snow in the capacity that I have, but no one has done both, which I have accomplished," says Harrison.

The movie is touring Australia and is showing at Byron Bay's Great Northern Hotel today and December 20 and 21.



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