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I believe it’s special when someone can remember the exact moment they met another person. As I run through my list of friends these exceptional encounters are evident and all have their unique qualities, which have lead to great relationships.
Five years ago after finishing a last run through the Alpental backcountry, we came to rest in lot 4. With a beer in hand and the sun on its way to sleep, a kid, eager to take one last lap up chair 1, interrupted us. Rockin a smile from ear to ear and more energy than I can ever imagine after a pow day, this individual persuaded our crew into a sunset hike and moonlit powder run through Alpental’s Chicken Chute. My legs burned; my physical body had hit the wall but the enthusiasm from our leader kept me going. After a 30-minute hike we surfed some of the best turns the day had to offer. This was the evening I met Aaron Robinson. Aaron was not only stoked to shred powder but he was stoked to watch his friends shred powder as well and it showed as he hollered when one of us smashed through the white room.
Most recently Aaron and I shared a weeklong trip through Alaska. From Turnigan pass to Tailgate AK, A-Rob continued to show me how to live. His philosophy on boardin’ and life in general has become a staple for which I will live my future. You see, A-Rob’s passion and enthusiasm for adventure was contagious and when witnessed first hand, one had really no other option but to be encapsulated by his energy.
To Aaron’s family and friends… Thank you for supporting a man who had such a positive effect on everyone he met. A humble person who’s touched all of our hearts, Aaron will surely be missed but never forgotten!
Aaron Robinson, you are my life coach; we love you, homie!
It pains me to inform you of another death within the K2 family. Nelson Pratt rode for K2 Snowboarding in the UK for years and today we celebrate his life. Have fun with all that powder in heaven Nelson, say hi to Craig Kelly for us!
Nelson Edward Pratt: 21st of June 1979- 27th of June 2012.
I first met Nelson back in March 2001 at the British Snowboarding Championships. He was riding extremely well with a great balance of style and power. I’d noticed that he wasn’t riding the boards that I’d thought he was sponsored by, after catching up with him on a chair lift it turned out that he’d been dropped due to breaking too many boards which made me chuckle. I there and then offered him a place on the K2 UK team to which he nodded and thanked me for many times and which I started noticing how polite and grateful he always was. His riding was held in high regard and was matched only by his humbleness, even as his team manager I even had to coax out how his riding was going, what tricks he’d been doing as he was never one to boast or brag about himself, a rare trait indeed. There was no terrain he feared, you could place him on top of a high peak, watch him burn up laps through the park and pipe, or out attacking a street rail, a team managers dream and so much coverage he gave us by both photos, video parts and competition medals. The simple fact was that Nelson loved snowboarding the accolades were a secondary, he’d be out riding in all weather or on his own regardless of the presence of a photographer or videographer, but they too loved working with him as nothing was ever too much trouble. He’d embarked on the world of coaching starting with Kommunity camps a British event held in the summer out in France, then for the last 5 years working with the British Army snowboard team, to working with the British snowboard team with goals of the winter Olympics. He was recently riding with and coaching fellow long term K2 team mate Ben Kilner out in Mammoth. Ben said that his kind approach to coaching was so friendly that when he was asked to try anything he did not want to let him down.
On the morning of his rest the British Army organised a flypast of 5 Army helicopters in arrow formation low and slow over his family home. The church and grounds were full, over 600 people had attended and celebrated his life that he’d lived to the fullest and talk of his exploits. Nelson was a great ambassador for K2 and snowboarding, he was much loved by all and a very decent man. Our thoughts and sympathy go out to his family and friends. He will be sorely missed. There will be a trust setup in his name to help others and continue his legacy.
Rest in Peace.
K2 UK Team Manager.
P: Gulmarg Kashmir. No shortage of turns like these in Heaven
We’re giving away a pair of Hurrithane bindings to a person at random that votes and shares either this link or any of the others on our Facebook page regarding the Battle of The Brands. Rally your troops and help K2 past Arbor and off to the finals.