2014 - Teeing off at the 2014 World Speed Golf Championships at Bandon Dunes, OR
2014 - Finishing the 2014 World Speed Golf Championships in the rain. I shot an 83 in 51 minutes, taking 20th place in the professional division. It was my first Speed Golf tournament in 18 years, since placing 8th in the 1997 world championships in San Diego.
2014 - A nice, clean clearance over 5'3" (1.60m) at GBHS. Watch on YouTube.
2012 - High Jumping personal best of 5'6" (1.68m) at GBHS in June, 2012. Watch on YouTube.1.68m qualifies for the USA Masters Track&Field All-American standard for the 45-49 age group, and would rank 11th on the 2013 outdoor performance list.
2008 - High Jumping 5'5" in at a Placer High School track practice. Had I done this in a real meet, the height would rank me 13th in the USA Masters Track&Field for age 40-45 high jumpers. Considering I was not among the top 13 jumpers at Taft High School, the attrition factor is relevant here.
2005 - High Jumping 5'0" in Auburn, equalling my high school PR. As you can see by the performance progression (hit 5'3" in 2007, then 5'5" twice in 2008, then 5'6" in 2010, then 5'6" in 2012), aging is a myth! Photo by UCSB high jump legend Tara McCullough of Auburn, CA.
2002 - Surfing a 21-foot wave at Mavericks, Half Moon Bay, CA. I do not recommend paddling out in surf this big very often. It can be a little dangerous if you fall. However, I have never fallen.
2001 - Brad enjoys signing autographs for his fans. This fan has not had time to read it yet, but it's only been 13 years.
1992 - Triathlete Magazine Cover. Sucking up to magazine staff to finally put me on the cover in year seven of my career cost me a lot of pride and self-respect, but it was worth it.
1991 - Eilat, Israel International Triathlon. I beat Triathlete of the Year Mike Pigg in this race by one minute, spoiling his vacation and arguably his whole season. The swim start was only a few hundred meters from the Jordan border, while the run turnaround was a couple kilometers from the Egyptian border. My training run the day before the race went right up to the barbed wire fence Jordan border. Jordanian tower guards recognized me (perhaps from ESPN coverage). They waved and cheered enthusiastically, raising their weapons in respect (I couldn't quite make out what they were saying). They finally calmed down when I turned around and headed back to Israeli turf.
1991 - Santa Cruz Sentinel Triathlon. This race was held a week before the world championships. I was in the best form of my career but boycotted the World's in Australia because I felt race organizers were disrespecting professionals by slashing the promised purse after winning the hosting bid from the international federation. Later, I teased the race winner/1991 world champion Miles Stewart that I would have beaten him had I traveled to the event. In response, he reflected his Rolex (purchased with endorsement earnings for being world champ) off the sun and shined it into my face, Messin' With Sasquatch style.
1990 - Japan's triathlon magazine showed up the Desert Princess World Championships in Palm Springs to take photos of my space age helmet for their cover.
1990 - Desert Princess World Championships Duathlon. Note initials carved into side of head. They failed to improve my speed. Exhausted after long season of Pan Am Airlines Premier Emeritus club qualification (80,000 miles) - I had a disappointing result in the event I used to "own" - as they say on the playground or the transition area.
1990 - Oxnard Bud Light Triathlon. It came down to an epic battle on the 10k through the streets of Mandalay Beach. From L-R is me, Australian Steven Foster, American Scott Tinley (2x Hawaii Ironman champ), and Australian World Champion Miles Stewart. First we dumped Tinley, then Foster, and then Miles Stewart outsprinted me in the final quarter mile. Miles was then informed he was disqualified for an infraction on the bike course, so I backed into the top spot on the podium.
1989 - Hawaii layover during flight home from Australia after DNFing at the richest triathlon of all-time, World Cup Australia. It was a long flight but I was entertained by my fellow athletes converting Australian dollars into US to determine how much money they earned at this epic event. The following year I made up for it, tying Scott Tinley for 3rd in the World Cup for ~$8,000. We were only seconds ahead of a huge and fast charging pack of Aussies running 5th - 10th.
1987 - At the three-race Los Angeles Triathlon Series at Bonelli Park, my training partner Andrew MacNaughton and I were pleased to find ourselves far ahead of the competition. Only a year before, we were barely cracking the top-20 in a strong group of Southern California-area pros, and marveling at the unfathomable course record set by Scott Molina some seven minutes ahead of us.
This shot from the 1987 series is us tying in race #2, just under Molina's 1986 course record. In the third and final race, we both shattered our previous record, with MacNaughton winning in 1:35.40 and me second in 1:36.25. Over a quarter-century later, no one has approached these times on the course. I'm also not sure if they still contest the triathlon series there, but whatever...we went really fast.
1987 - I was the first athlete to use the soon-to-be notorious aerodynamic bicycle handlebars in multisport competition, at the third and final Desert Princess World Championship Series Run-Bike-Run event in February, 1987. Fitness legend Johnny G introduced me to the bars a couple days before the event. I rode home from his house to mine (2 miles) to test the product, then hit the race course in Palm Springs. I was 18th after the first run and ended the bike ride in 4th, getting lots of strange looks from fellow competitors as I rode by. I finished in 4th, with Souza prevailing and initiating a 44-race win streak in Duathlon, something I take full credit for because I kicked his butt so bad in the first two races.
After the race, Andrew MacNaughton (riding with me in photo on normal bars) got a pair ("Kearns looked so comfortable on the ride it was annoying"). Weeks later Andrew torched Mike Pigg on a half-ironman bike ride en route to his first pro victory - then seven more in succession! Pigg got a pair soon after he was dropped by MacNaughton. The product spread like wildfire in the multisport community.
1987 - The Competitor magazine story that put me on the map, after I upset the undefeated world's #1 duathlete Ken Souza, and the world's #1 triathlete Scott Molina, at the first two Desert Princess World Championship Run-Bike-Run series races in Palm Springs, CA.
In November, 1986, I prevailed by two minutes as an unknown rookie on the circuit, completing the 10k-62k-10k course in 2 hours, 44 minutes. At the rematch race in January of 1987 I prevailed by five minutes in a time of 2 hours, 38 minutes. After the January race, Scott Molina told the magazine, "Kearns is a good athlete and he had a great race. But if he wins again, he'll be puking at the finish line."
1986 - At the Portland, OR Bud Light US Triathlon Series event with Jim Brady. This was my first event that I traveled to on the professional circuit to race against the big boys. I placed an encouraging 12th, giving me a glimpse of the potential I showed at the end of the season when I won Desert Princess. At that time, Jim was the #5-ranked pro on the US Triathlon Series circuit. We met when we were fellow students at UC Santa Barbara.
It was great fortune to meet a world-ranked athlete on campus when I was just entering the sport! I told Jim I was an injured cross-country runner turned triathlete and wanted to start cycling with him, since he was known as one of the fastest cyclists in the sport. He said, "No", explaining that he always rode alone because no one could keep up with him. One day we were both riding in a large pack of UCSB cycling team athletes on a long ride down the coast. After a couple hours of good work in the pack, Brady and I blasted off the front to leave them all in the dust. Seeing that we were alone and away, Brady looked at me and said, "Okay, I'll let you ride with me, but you have to help me get faster on the run..."
1982 - California State High School Track&Field finals in Sacramento. I placed 9th in the 1600m in a time of 4:20. I was seeded 24th out of 27 qualifiers for the state meet. I had a great performance in the prelims, passing several athletes on the final lap with a 59-second split to take 5th in a personal best time of 4:19, and qualify for the finals the next evening. My mother was so certain I would not qualify she booked an airplane ticket home after the prelims, and had to purchase a new ticket to stay in town for the finals.
1980 - Taft High School Track meet mile race, 10th grade. Later in my first track season I ran a 4:33 and placed 6th in city finals C division 1600 meters.