Many of us remember US champion snowboarder Kevin Pearce’s accident in late 2009 while training to compete against rival Shaun White in the 2010 Winter Olympics. Less of us may know of his tremendous recovery — going from serious head trauma to being ready to get back on a board.
“The Crash Reel” takes a look into Pearce’s life and exposes the sometimes high price of being an extreme-action sport athlete while also documenting his amazing recovery. This is just one of the heart touching scenes of the struggle that goes on in an action sports athlete’s head. In 2011, Pearce told Dew Tour Live that he would never compete again.
It can be hard for people like Kevin to be put down by an injury doing what they love, but these things do happen. If you have somebody close that is an extreme-athlete, don’t put them down, but tell them how much you care. Nobody wants to be injured, and sometimes knowing that they are loved is all they need.
Find out more about the film by Lucy Walker here.