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Mark McMorris Professional Snowboarder Profile

He stomped the first-ever backside triple cork 1440 and kept getting better.

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Mark McMorris’ Background:

Mark McMorris has been riding a snowboard almost as long as he’s known how to walk. At just six years old, in his hometown of Regina, Saskatchewan, Mark was given his first board and pair of snowboard boots. But, because Saskatchewan is Canada’s famously flattest province, Mark had to wait for someone to give him a ride to the mountains.

It wasn’t until 11 years later, when Mark stomped the first-ever backside triple cork 1440 at Snowmass, Colorado, that his professional snowboarding career exploded. McMorris started competing professionally in 2009 and quickly became known as one of the best slopestyle and big air riders in the world.

McMorris took consecutive gold medals in slopestyle at the 2012 and 2013 Winter X Games and qualified to compete in Sochi, Russia in the 2014 Winter Olympic Games for his home country of Canada.

Mark McMorris Quick Facts:

Hometown: Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada

Birthday: December 9, 1993

Resides: Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada

Home Mountain: N/A

Height/Weight: 5’9”, 165 lbs

Discipline: Slopestyle and Big Air

Stance: Regular, 23.5” wide, 13° front, -12° back

Sponsors: Burton, Red Bull, Oakley, DVS, RED, AWSM, The Source, Mophie

Mark McMorris Career Highlights:

Landing the first backside triple cork 1440 in history (on just his third attempt no less) is certainly one of Mark McMorris’ biggest claims to fame, but that was just the beginning. Mark McMorris had a TTR World Tour overall ranking of 23rd in the 2008-2009 season, and was quickly ranked the No. 1 slopestyle rider in the world just four years later at the end of the 2012-2013 season.

In 2013 alone, Mark won the gold medal in slopestyle and silver in big air at the Winter X Games in Aspen, Colorado. He also took first in slopestyle at the Burton U.S. Open Snowboarding Championships and second at the Burton European Open. Since his first appearance in the professional snowboarding circuit, Mark never fell far from the top, and his qualification for the 2014 Winter Olympics was just the icing on the cake.

Outside of competition, Mark McMorris’ greatest accomplishment has been the accumulation of snowboarding legends eager to help him excel. Terje Haakonsen is one of McMorris’ snowboarding mentors, and Travis Rice invited him to compete in one of the most high-profile backcountry riding contests - the Red Bull Supernatural.

Mark McMorris Off the Mountain:

Like most professional snowboarders, Mark McMorris enjoys board sports off the mountain too. He’s a skateboarder and wakeboarder who loves defying gravity. He’s also a pretty laid-back guy who likes eating pasta and hanging out with his family.

While McMorris won’t deny that he likes to win and gain recognition, his goal is to keep his personality in check and treat people the same as he always has. When it all boils down, he still likes filming and riding with his friends the most.

Mark McMorris Contest Results:

Winter X Games:

  • 4th, Big Air, Winter X Games Aspen, 2011

  • 2nd, Slopestyle, Winter X Games Aspen, 2011

  • 2nd, Slopestyle, Winter X Games Europe, 2012

  • 1st, Big Air, Winter X Games Aspen, 2012

  • 1st, Slopestyle, Winter X Games Aspen, 2012

  • 2nd, Slopestyle, Winter X Games Tignes, 2013

  • 1st, Slopestyle, Winter X Games Aspen, 2013

  • 2nd, Big Air, Winter X Games Aspen, 2013

TTR World Snowboard Tour:

  • 4th, Overall, TTR World Tour Year-End Ranking, 2011

  • 1st, Slopestyle, TTR World Tour Year-End Ranking, 2013

  • 3rd, Big Air, TTR World Tour Year-End Ranking, 2013

  • 6th, Overall, TTR World Tour Year-End Ranking, 2013

Other Notable Placements:

  • 9th, Slopestyle, Coors Light YLG Rider’s Cup, 2009

  • 1st, Slopestyle, FIS World Cup, 2010

  • 3rd, Big Air, Burn River Jump, 2010

  • 5th, Slopestyle, Oakley Arctic Challenge, 2010

  • 7th, Slopestyle, Burton New Zealand Open, 2010

  • 4th, Big Air, FIS World Cup Big Air, 2010

  • 2nd, Slopestyle, Winter Dew Tour Breckenridge, 2010

  • 2nd, Slopestyle, Winter Dew Tour Killington, 2011

  • 7th, Slopestyle, Burton European Open, 2011

  • 1st, Slopestyle, O’Neill Evolution, 2011

  • 5th, Slopestyle, Oakley Arctic Challenge, 2011

  • 2nd, Slopestyle, Winter Dew Tour Ogden, 2011

  • 2nd, Big Air, Air and Style Innsbruck, 2011

  • 1st, Slopestyle, Burton New Zealand Open, 2011

  • 7th, Slopestyle, Winter Dew Tour Breckenridge, 2011

  • 13th, Slopestyle, Winter Dew Tour Season End Standings, 2012

  • 1st, Big Air, O’Neill Evolution, 2012

  • 1st, Slopestyle, Dew Tour Mountain Championships, 2012

  • 1st, Big Air, Dew Tour Mountain Championships, 2012

  • 2nd, Slopestyle, FIS World Championships, 2013

  • 6th, Big Air, FIS World Championships, 2013

  • 2nd, Slopestyle, Burton European Open, 2013

  • 1st, Slopestyle, Burton U.S. Open, 2013

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