McCon­key cer­tainly flew the flag for ex­treme sports

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - SPORT -

From the gi­ant cliffs of Yosemite in Cal­i­for­nia to the 3 600-foot ver­ti­cal face of the Troll’s Wall in Nor­way, McCon­key jumped them all.

How­ever, the game- chang­ing mo­ment in his tra­jec­tory came af­ter he saw a se­quence in the James Bond film The Spy Who Loved Me from 1977, in which stunt skier Rick Sylvester (Bond be­ing chased by gun-tot­ing bad­dies) skis off Mount As­gard in Canada be­fore de­ploy­ing his Union Jack ’chute.

McCon­key dived right into it. He ended up do­ing a dou­ble back­flip off the Eiger in Europe, and re­peated Sylvester’s ski/base jump off Mount As­gard. His sig­na­ture move was to ski off the cliff, do a dou­ble back­flip, flat­ten out and glide off in his wing­suit be­fore open­ing his chute.

But the in­evitable loomed. On March 26, 2009, McCon­key died in the Dolomite Moun­tains of Italy. He pulled off a dou­ble back­flip but in­stead of glid­ing away from the cliffs in his wing­suit, he went into a spin. His skis were stuck. He freefell for 12 sec­onds as he tried to get them off.

When he did, it was too late.

Weather Tip

EPIC surf ar­rives this weekend. To­day, a clean groundswell in the 6-8’ range should be run­ning at the open breaks along the western coast of the Penin­sula. Winds look mod­er­ate SSE this morn­ing, go­ing mod­er­ate southerly.

It’s def­i­nitely not the nor­mal sum­mer south- easter. The wind grad­u­ally fresh­ens tomorrow, blow­ing fresh, go­ing strong SSE again – and the surf is pour­ing through with two swells over­lap­ping each other, with sets a con­sis­tent 8’.

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