Mark McMorris has been making a huge name for himself in the world of professional snowboarding for a few years and he carved his name in the history books when he stomped a triple cork backside 1440 in Aspen last winter. Needless to say, it’s been an eventful season for the young Canadian...
You recently injured your arm, how's the recuperation coming along?
It’s good, I guess. It’s been two weeks since I was injured, and I’ll be out for two more weeks. I got a hairline fracture in my arm in Tahoe and then went to Park City and fell on it on the hip jump at the Launch. I went to the doctor and found out that it was fractured. I'd been riding on it for four or five days before I found out it was broken. I’ve been taking some time off and strengthening my shoulder in the meantime.
Where have you mostly been hanging out this winter?
I drift from place to place. I don’t really spend more than one month at a time in one place. My winter is full of filming, contests and lots of travelling.
Tell us about landing the Triple Cork. That must have been amazing...
We were shooting in Aspen, and the jump in the bottom of the park at Snowmass was pretty big - about 75 feet. We had the park crew make a few adjustments to it, adding a little pop. The landing was tall, so it made it safe.
Did you go to Aspen looking to land that trick?
I had wanted to try that trick, and that jump just happened to be the spot. We were shooting with TransWorld SnowBoarding and I was feeling it, so I ended up doing a triple cork backside 1440. It was just the right time to do it.
Now you've made the Triple Cork your own, do you have any aspirations to name a new trick after yourself?
I think it’s lame to name a trick after yourself - but Mike Michalchuk deserves the self-titled trick, because it’s sick, and the name fits.
You've showed you've got moves in the Pipe. Do you see yourself moving over to it in the future?
Not really. I want to learn to ride Pipe better, though. It teaches you edge control and makes you a better all-around rider.
What else have you got coming up this year?
After I’m healed up, I've got a few park shoots coming up. This summer, I’m going to spend some time at Camp of Champions in Mount Hood and then I’m heading to New Zealand in August. Next year, I’m looking to get into the backcountry way more. I can’t wait!