Professional snowboarder Kevin Pearce’s near death fall while training for the Olympics was another thunderous blow to the myth that sports like snowboarding, mountain biking, free soloing or base jumping are merely the adrenaline-driven, P.O.V. content around which YouTube sells ads. No one posts videos of their crashes. Not often enough, anyway.
“The Crash Reel” is a documentary that follows Pearce’s personal pilgrimage back to the slopes after the crash that stunned his brain and nearly crippled him. It looks extremely well done and the subject matter seems to be given much more respect than the Saturday afternoon ratings filler we’re left with when these kinds of outdoor pursuits are presented to the mainstream.
Just in time for the start of the season, too. Be careful out there.