Going into the 2010 Olympics, Pearce was the only snowboarder in the world who could challenge Shaun White.
A native of Vermont, Pearce was training in Utah when he had a wrenching accident and suffered a brain injury.
It took endless hours of therapy and rehab, but 712 days later, Kevin finally got back on snow.
Kevin was wearing a helmet when he had his accident. It saved his life.
And while most of us, and our kids, won’t be throwing Cab Double Corks in a halfpipe, I think helmets are a good idea for all skiers and riders, regardless of ability.
Why We Wear Helmets
Still, there’s nothing like a personal story to really drive the point home. And that’s precisely the story Kevin Pearce is telling.
The Crash Reel
In August, a mom sent me this message on the Brave Ski Mom Facebook page.
Hi, I’m curious if you’ve heard from any parents out there who have seen “The Crash Reel”, a documentary about Kevin Pearce and extreme sports playing on HBO. I watched it with my teenager (an X Games fan) and it sparked a good conversation about taking risks and taking responsibility.
So off I went to The Crash Reel website.
The Crash Reel is the story of Kevin Pearce’s accident and rehabilitation. After making the film festival rounds and winning awards, The Crash Reel did indeed air on HBO this summer to good reviews.
Currently playing in the UK and Ireland, the film will make it’s North American theatrical début in December. It will also be available on DVD at that time.
Since I haven’t yet seen The Crash Reel, I’ll be one of the first in line.
And while nobody wants to hit their head, it may happen at some point, whether you’re wearing a helmet or not.
Here’s a nifty infographic from #loveyourbrain about what to do if you get hurt.
Stop the Goggle Gap
If you ask my children what they hate most about helmets, they will tell you “goggle gap.” They will also tell you that they never have a gap. Only fuddy-duddy parents and gapers have gaps.
Of course, this isn’t true. Anyone, regardless of ability and steeze, can get a goggle gap, which is why a new safety campaign “Goggle Gap: Erase the Space” was born.
Sponsored by Snowsports Industries America, the Goggle Gap campaign aims to eliminate ill-fitting helmet and goggles.
Not only is it uncool to have your forehead showing and your helmet tipped too far back, it’s unsafe. And, not only are you going to get a nasty sunburn (and provide fodder for snarky teenagers), but if you do fall, your helmet may not protect you as it should.
For more information, visit snowlink.com.
Junior Helmet Giveaway from Ski ‘N See!
Many, many thanks to Utah-based Ski ‘N See for sponsoring the 4th Annual Ski ‘N See/Brave Ski Mom junior helmet giveaway.
Ski ‘N See ski shops have a strong commitment to snowsports safety and I cannot thank them enough for their generosity in promoting winter family fun.
This year, one winner will be chosen in a random drawing on October 23rd. The winner will have their choice of any Junior Giro or Junior Smith helmet featured on the UtahSkis.com website.
To enter, please use this form. For a second entry, please leave a comment!
- Kids, Safety and Ski Helmets: Some Questions and Answers, October 15, 2012.
- Ski Helmets: Should Kids Have a Choice? October 17, 2011.
- Of Course, You Should Put A Lid On Your Kid, November 18, 2010. (Helmet fitting tips)
This giveaway is now closed. Congratulations to David, a brave ski dad!
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