Kevin Pearce (snowboarder)
|Birth name||Kevin Pearce|
November 1, 1987 |
Hanover, New Hampshire
|Competitor for the United States|
|Winter X Games|
|2008 Aspen||Big Air|
Kevin Pearce (born November 1, 1987) is an American former professional snowboarder. He was born in Hanover, New Hampshire, and raised in Hartland, Vermont before moving with his parents to Norwich, Vermont. He competed professionally from 2007 before an accident in 2009 that left him with traumatic brain injury. He now lives in Carlsbad, California.
Pearce won The Arctic Challenge in 2007 and completed back-to-back titles with victory in 2008. He was also the first man to earn two Air & Style rings in one season, winning the Nokia Air & Style in Munich in 2007 and the Billabong Air & Style in Innsbruck in 2008.
In the 2007–08 season he won the Swatch TTR World Snowboard Tour, garnering the TTR World Tour Champion title.
Pearce is a member of the Frends Crew (spelled without the "i" to emphasize the collective nature of the group) made up of snowboarders Mason Aguirre, Danny Davis, Scotty Lago, Keir Dillon, Mikkel Bang, Jack Mitrani and Luke Mitrani. Frends is a group of riders who turned their initial friendship into a formal alliance in 2007 to move the sport away from its recent competitive and business focus and return the sport to its grassroots, collegial beginnings.
On December 31, 2009, Pearce was critically injured during training in Park City, Utah. He struck his head above the left eye halfway down the pipe during a half-pipe training run trying a maneuver called a cab double cork. He was flown to the University of Utah Medical Center in Salt Lake City. On January 26, 2010, Pearce was transferred out of critical care and in early February was moved to Craig Hospital in Denver, Colorado, a rehabilitation center that specializes in traumatic brain injuries. By June, Pearce was back with his family in Vermont.
In an August 23, 2010 interview, Pearce said he was lucky to recover and "...excited to get back onto a snowboard." However, in a December 2011 interview with NBC, he said he will not compete again but he did get back on a snowboard later that year.
Personal life and family
Pearce is a son of noted international glass artist Simon Pearce who has a chain of upscale retail stores in the Northeast United States. His uncle on his mother's side is Cyrus Vance, Jr., the District Attorney of New York County (Manhattan). Kevin Pearce is the youngest of Simon and Pia Pearce's four sons. His brothers David, who has Down syndrome, Andrew and Adam are also snowboarders.
Pearce and a few other pro snowboarders (Mason Aguirre, Jack Mitrani, Danny Davis, Scotty Lago, Mikkel Bang, Luke Mitrani, and Keir Dillon) developed a strong friendship over years of competitions. They began calling themselves the FRENDS crew due to their growing relationships with each other.
Kevin Pearce and The Frends crew have hosted a Signature Session™ at High Cascade Snowboard Camp each summer since 2008.  At camp Pearce spends time with young snowboarders, helping coach, mentor and inspire.
- Results: Snowboard Big Air Finals – EXPN.com (January 26, 2008) (Retrieved on February 24, 2008)
- There's No I in Frends NY Times, March 22, 2009
- "Snowboarder suffers 'traumatic brain injury'". Associated Press. Retrieved 2 January 2010.
- "Snowboarder Kevin Pearce moved to Denver hospital". ESPN.com. 4 February 2010. Retrieved 19 March 2010.
- "Home at last". ESPN.com. 16 June 2010.
- TODAY - Latest News, Video & Guests from the TODAY show on NBC. Today.msnbc.msn.com. Retrieved on 2014-04-12.
- "Kevin Pearce Opens Up About Injury and His Future: Part 1". YouTube. Retrieved 9 Dec 2011.
- Signature Sessions, 2014 Signature Session™ at High Cascade
- The Ride of a Lifetime. Crash Reel (2014-02-04). Retrieved on 2014-04-12.