UK Snowboard Community Mourns Suicide Of Nelson Pratt

Our thoughts go out to the family and friends of celebrated UK pro snowboarder and coach Nelson Pratt, 33, who was found hanged in his parent’s garage by his father after an apparent suicide.

Whitelines editor Pat Blomfield commented, “Nelson's grounded perspective perhaps came from his upbringing on an arable farm in Hampshire. He hated technology (famously rocking a trusty brick of a mobile phone) and seemed profoundly connected to nature. Indeed he was only truly at home outdoors, where he could spend his immense physical energy digging jumps or helping his family with the harvest. Nelson was a man with giant strength, a giant appetite and a giant heart. A true gentleman.”

Pratt was celebrated July 11, 2012, bringing together those from the industry, those from his town, and even soldiers who flew from Afghanistan to pay their respects to a dear friend. In memory of Nelson, his good friend Tim Warwooda put together this video to showcase Pratt in his element, doing what he loved most.