Had he not passed away Shane Cross would have been 26 this week. Australia has lost it’s fair share of skaters before their time, but its reasonable to say that Shane is easily one of the most missed. He had been a ripping kid that many had picked as the Aussie to watch in years to come, but in his last couple of years he also underwent a transformation that saw him find his own style, step his skating up numerous notches and sign up to companies such as Flip, turning heads everywhere he rolled. There has been a couple of great posts turn up on the interwebs this week celebrating the life and skating of Shane. Andrew Mapstone, who was clearly much more to Shane than a great photograper, has posted this “now and then” on the Volcom site and there is a plethora of great stills, sequences and anecdotes guaranteed to put a smile on the dial of any Shane fan. There is also the great clip below (originally posted on the Bog Dump site) that will simultaneously make you sad and happy, but also hopefully make you want to embrace life and its endless possibilities, go for a skate and importantly, never forget.