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Human obsession with overcoming the forces of gravity always lends itself to an obvious question every time someone makes a conscious effort to spring beyond the earth- ‘how high did you jump?’ Olympic events are dedicated to this question and use a horizontal bar to accurately measure lofty feats. Surfers will often make estimates about the altitude reached in their various aerial quests but are generally not quite as obsessed with the exacting metrics. Meanwhile, this shot by John Respondek (aka Sponnas) offers a meaningful benchmark by which surfers might gauge the altitude of their jumps – at least in the tropics. As Creed McTaggart channels an eagle, the illusion of the well-worked camera angle suggests he could legitimately claim he flew as high as the tree-tops.