New Hampshire native Tucker Perkins is one of the hardest working skiers in the halfpipe. With a constant drive to progress, he is destined to be one of the sport’s top competitors for years to come. (Sarah Brunson/U.S. Freeskiing)
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A beach bum at heart, Tucker Perkins took his smooth surfer style to the snow at an early age, quickly earning recognition from Sports Illustrated's NeXT Snow Search at the ripe age of 14. Perkins may have a laid back demeanor, but don't be fooled, he is one of the hardest working skiers in the game. After winning a U.S. Championship halfpipe title, finishing second in the Dew Tour halfpipe and making the X Games final in his 2010 debut, Perkins was determined to up the ante, working with several coaches to improve his strength and technique.
Perkins 2.0 was then unleashed in 2011, when he started dialing in his double corks and skiing visibly stronger. The New Hampshire native made the finals at the World Championships and finished just off the podium at the VISA U.S. Grand Prix despite battling injuries for most of the season. Still, Perkins returned to health in time for the final halfpipe event at the AFP World Championships, stomping a silver medal run.
In 2012 he landed a podium at the Dew Tour in Killington, VT and was looking strong until a late-season ACL injury spoiled the final months of the year.
After intense rehab for his knee, Perkins was set to make a solid comeback. He made his debut at X Games in Aspen and landed in sixth. While he continued to ride well, he unfortunately injured his shoulder at the end of the 2013 season, which prevented him from finishing out the contest season. But lookout, he’ll be back!
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