Heroes aren’t self-anointed. They don’t plan to elevate themselves to greatness. They aren’t calculated. They pursue what they love and live life simply with the purpose of living it. We recognize their aspirations and adventures as pieces of ourselves that we want to see lived out. By watching them take the risk, they raise our expectations of ourselves and inspire us to believe beyond what we initially thought to be the limit.
Shane McConkey was, is, and always will be that kind of hero to the skiing community. He lived without limit in his pursuit of the next big adventure in skiing, and he did it all with an incredible sense of humor. His iconic alter ego, Saucer Boy, always reminded us that at the end of the day life isn’t measured only in feats, but most importantly by how much fun you had achieving them.
Three years after Shane’s untimely death in 2009, his legend continues to live on and inspire generation after generation of freeskiers. A documentary chronicling his life is set to be released in 2013. Through interviews with friends and family, we will be given insight into the life of the man who elevated all of us to a new level of greatness, and did it by simply having fun. [Red Bull Media House]