If you think that freestyle snowboarding has gone into Progression Overdrive lately… you’d be right. Tricks that just a few years ago would have seemed impossible are becoming standard. Riders like 16-year-old Marcus Kleveland are at the forefront of technical progression while still in their teens.
In Marcus’s case, ‘child prodigy’ is no exaggeration: his career trajectory is pretty similar to the jump he just made history on – steep. At nine years of age, he was blowing up YouTube with smooth 720s, at 12 he’d progressed to Cab double corks, and by 13 he became one of the first riders to stomp a triple cork.
Fast forward to today: the Stubai Zoo Prime Park Sessions, a pre-season gathering on Austria’s Stubai Glacier, with classic blue skies and a next-level set-up featuring an XXL Pro Line shaped to perfection. According to witnesses at the scene, Marcus had been stomping triples with ease all week, and by this morning was feeling ready to escalate things.
Boom. At 9am, on his 3rd run of the morning, Marcus landed (with only a slight hand drag) a backside Quad Cork 1800° – making him, after Billy Morgan and Max Parrot last spring, the third (and youngest) member of the Quad Club.
Congratulations, Marcus: it couldn’t have happened to a nicer kid!
WATCH MARCUS STOMP THE QUAD CORK HERE: