Alejandro Caro: It is a place called Manaure on the Guajira peninsula, located at the north Atlantic of Colombia. Over there you will find huge lakes where locals evaporate sea water to collect marine salt. It is a great place where we always thought of doing something for riding. It ended up being very good.
Was it strange to ride on salt?
AC: Not really. It’s a bit slippery but it's like any other jump, only different surface texture. The worst part was the heat, the place is a desert and it was always around 35 degrees Celsius.
Did you crash on it?
AC: A couple of times, but I didn’t get hurt. The ugly part of it is that because of the salt when the skin touches the surface you get thousands of tiny cuts that can be very annoying. Is not dangerous at all but stings very bad.
Did you have any open wounds and then crash on the salt?
AC: I didn’t have any, but I’m sure it would have been terribly painful. Salt on open wound is not a very good combination.
The pictures came out nice. Was it easy to work with the photographer?
AC: It was great. Camilo Roso has been working with Redbull for a long time and he knows the insights of the sport. He knows exactly what to do and how to capture really cool and professional takes.
Who arranged the ramps for the photo shoot?
AC: We made those the day we got there. We moved the salt with bulldozers for the landing. As salt takes too long to pack to build the lip we made one out of wood.
What tricks did you have to do too many times?
AC: I’m just learning flip no hands and it took me a few times to let the hands go. It was more like a riding session, nothing prepared.
Are you coming to Europe again this summer?
AC: I’m planning to go to the BMX Masters in July and hopefully go back to France for the Lords of Dirt.
Photos by: RedBull photofiles/Camilo Roso