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Height
5'11"
Weight
180
 

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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!

TUCKER SAYS
After returning to snow after ACL surgery, I was able to get a couple days back on snow, where I ended up sixth for my first contest in a year. I was able to compete in Sochi, make finals at the Olympic test event, and travel to France for European X Games, where I ended up dislocating my right shoulder. After surgery in Vail, I am back in Park City, rehabbing hard and working on developing a new, never before seen halfpipe run for the Olympic year.

FIRST TRACKS
Perkins grew up skiing at Attitash Bear Peak in New Hampshire with his cousins. He started off racing and moved into mogul skiing. While mogul skiing, he began to sneak off and build jumps in front of his condo, which is where he learned to spin and flip. After those sneaky backyard sessions, Perkins knew freeskiing was his calling.

OFF THE SNOW 
Perkins is constantly occupied with training and becoming a better skier. He claims, “It never stops!” An avid surfer since he was six years old, he still squeezes time in for one of his favorite pastimes. Music has always been a big part of his life and he plays the drums and saxophone. He enjoys working on motorcycles and cars and says, “My ‘inner New Hampshire’ always comes out when I'm back home.”

 

Highlights

AFP Ranking
2nd, HP, 2011

X GAMES
6th, HP, Aspen, CO, 2013
5th, HP, Aspen, CO, 2012
6th, HP, Aspen, CO, 2011

FIS WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS
7th, HP, Park City, UT, 2011

FIS WORLD CUP
Five World Cup appearances since his debut in 2007

GRAND PRIX
5th, HP, Copper Mountain, CO, 2011
10th, HP, Mammoth Mountain, CA, 2012

U.S. CHAMPIONSHIPS TITLES
2010, HP, Squaw Valley, CA

OTHER
1st, HP, Telus World Ski Festival, Whistler, CAN, 2008
1st, BA, Telus World Ski Festival, Whistler, CAN, 2008
2nd, HP, Dew Tour, Mount Snow, VT, 2010
3rd, HP, Dew Tour, Killington, VT, 2012
4th, HP, Dew Tour, Snowbasin, UT, 2010
5th, HP, Dew Tour, Breckenridge, CO, 2011
8th, HP, Dew Tour, Snowbasin, UT, 2012