There is nothing worse than realizing you're fucked mid-air. It's a pretty awful feeling filled with dread of the upcoming impact. I can't imagine how long that 85 foot flight must have lasted in his mind.
I hit a 1/4 pipe wrong in my early days, was about 6 feet in the air when I realized I was going to land (hard) on my tailbone, feet were over my head! I remember dreading coming down, wanted to just stay floating in the air!