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It’s always fascinating to hear the backstory behind cool images. This one is no exception.
On his Instagram yesterday, Scott Gaffney explained why seeing this image of a butt-naked Shane McConkey again made him smile. Thanks for sharing, Scott. It made us smile too…
I was in a neighbor’s house yesterday and on their wall was this large canvas print. It was an image I hadn’t seen in quite a while and it made me smile.
Shane McConkey and I were shooting on Squaw’s Palisades this day in May 1995 for one of my earliest movies, Walls of Freedom. Shane had already stomped two or three gargantuan backflips into Extra Chute and was returning for more when a guy up top approached him. I’m guessing he must have caught wind that Shane was this infamous naked skier, because he said he was developing an energy bar called Naked Energy and that he’d pay Shane $100 to catch air naked if he could use a still shot of it for the bar’s wrapper.
Shane and I were both still bussing tables at the time, and a hundred bucks was a hundred bucks, so it was game on.
Of course, Shane rarely did things half-assed. He went full-assed, backed up, skated in and launched this massive butt-ugly old school spread eagle and skied away with the cash.
Just another day in the life of a legend. 📷 @kiwikamera #wallsoffreedom #skinaked#mcconkey #legendsneverdie