Today, a freeskiing legend has passed away. Shane McConkey died from equipment complications while base jumping in Italy.
I’m sorry to say that I didn’t know him personally, but working in the ski and snowboarding industry, I can feel the shock waves and dismay his death has sent through the snow sports community.
I was there in person to witness his enthusiasm and excitement the day he base jumped off the PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola in Whistler December 2008. There was this electricity that seemed to flow through him and around him – and it wasn’t just the Red Bull!
McConkey has inspired an entire generation of freeskiers. His amazing athleticism and daring stunts left us all in awe. He lived life on the edge and pushed the boundaries. His death will be mourned by every mountain enthusiast today.
When someone with such a lust for life passes, it makes us all reflect on our own lives. As someone who had such a passion for life, it’s safe to say there wasn’t a day that went by when he didn’t live life to its fullest. Can the rest of us say the same?
When my time comes (hopefully that won’t be for a while), I hope to leave this beautiful Earth with a million memories and a million friends.
So, let’s all pledge to live our lives to the fullest. May we all touch the lives of our fellow human beings. May we love and be loved in return. And may we always live each day as if it were our last. Life’s just too short to do it any other way.
Rest in Peace Shane McConkey and thank you for inspiring so many people in so many ways!