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Old 03-26-2009   #1
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Terrible News: RIP Shane McConkey

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true hero of skiing and the innovator I had to thank when I was surfing pow today on my reverse sidecut/reverse camber skis. genius of the skiing world. thoughts and prayers to his family and loved ones.

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Old 03-26-2009   #2
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Sad news, thoughts and prayers to family, he was an innovator for sure.

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Old 03-26-2009   #3
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RIP Shane
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Bummer. Great guy. I was fortunate enough to have had my first kayaking experience with shane on Boulder Creek back in '94.


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Wow... so sad.

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Tragedy. Long Live Saucer Boy
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Old 03-26-2009   #7
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Rip sick pow lines forever Shane. You will always be a hero and inspiration. At least you went out on a big line upside down... peace.
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What a legend....
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Old 03-27-2009   #9
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Seems like alot of tributes on threads, but not much hard news. If anyone has a link to what happened beyond his chute not opening, I would be interested.

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Old 03-27-2009   #10
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Somewhere in this thread has an explanation.
:: View topic - RIP Shane McConkey (TGR cross-post)
Sounds like he was going to ski off, release his bindings and skis and fly off in a wing suit. The way I understand it is one binding didn't release which put him into a spin where he couldn't throw his chute....
A bad way to go even if he was trying to do something he loved to do.

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