Nelson Pratt: 1979-2012

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.

Pat Meurier.

K2 UK Team Manager.

P: Gulmarg Kashmir. No shortage of turns like these in Heaven