Ride with Kevin.
Posted by Rollinglobe Crew on December 15, 2011
Kevin Pearce hit Breckenridge today, marking the first time the former pro has gotten back on his board in public since suffering brain damage two years ago.
We're blown away by his story. From getting his first board from Jake Burton himself to killin' it in amateur divisions all over the Northeast and winning snowboarding opens the world over, this kid was meant to ride high.
But adversity struck in the form of a traumatic brain injury he sustained while practicing a double-cork in Park City, Utah on Dec. 31, 2009. He was expected to represent the U.S. at the Winter Olympics just months later.
The 24-year-old has since made an incredible recovery, coming out of the injury and returning to his sport two and a half weeks shy of the second anniversary of his injury.
Along the way, he’s amassed widespread support from passionate fans. He’s also now an advocate for the prevention of traumatic brain injuries, in addition to being a supporter of the National Down Syndrome Society.
After all that, what we find most awe-inspiring is his outlook on the first day back on his board.
"My hopes are to have fun,” he told Burton Snowboards in a video courtesy of their website.
“So much stuff has been going on constantly for two years... Doctors, therapies, eye appointments, seizures... And just to be up here and enjoy the mountains, enjoy the clear air. I used to take this for granted... Now it's just nice to be up here."
Kevin’s story goes to show you just what a positive outlook can do. Check it out at www.kevinpearce.com