Tucker Perkins started skiing at the age of three and by 14 he was named one of Sports Illustrated for Kids NeXt Snow Search winners.
He began on moguls and switched to freeski, quickly becoming known for huge amplitude and the ability to land tricks when it counts. With a breakout season in 2007-08, Perkins claimed podium finishes at the New Zealand Open, Vermont Open, Big Bear Open and Aspen Open.
Determined to take his skiing to the next level, in 2009 Perkins took seventh in pipe at X Games New Zealand. At the X Games in Aspen, Perkins injured his right knee right before the qualifying round and was unable to compete. Although disappointed, the New Hampshire native used it as an opportunity to hire NFL trainer Jimmy Warren and add 20 pounds of muscle to his 175-pound frame. Perkins also started working with Britt Swartley, a former Olympic aerialist, who helped him perfect the double flip.
With this new trick in his arsenal, Perkins name started appearing near the top at big-name competitions across the country. He nabbed a pair of fourth-place showings at the Winter Dew Tour and a sixth-place finish at the 2010 Winter X Games. He landed on the podium for the first time at the Winter Dew Tour and his second place at the final stop of the 2009-10 season boosted him into fifth place overall for the Tour. He went on to win the US Halfpipe title at the Freestyle Championships.