Canada's Mark McMorris has developed into one of the best freestyle snowboarders in the world. We caught up with him before he set off for Air & Style in China.
With a slew of contest podiums under his belt in the past few years, as well as his part in Burton’s new movie 13, Mark McMorris has cemented his spot as one of the best jumpers in the game. With another season about to kick off, we spoke to Mark about the upcoming season, Air & Style and that triple cork.
What are your plans for the 2012/13 season?
Starting next week, I'm tied up until March with contests. Hopefully, by the end of March, I’ll still be perfectly healthy and ready to get out in the backcountry to film for the new Burton movie.
What makes the Air & Style event in Beijing so unique?
It’s definitely crazy because it’s in the Bird's Nest stadium. There’s such a huge crowd and they're all so excited about snowboarding.
It’s a big contest to start the season with.
It’s early in the year, but I’m psyched and I think I’m ready. I’m excited to get back to it.
What’s your opinion on the head-to-head format at Air & Style?
I think it's really exciting for the crowd. Sometimes it's lame because you could get two people that could win the contest up against each other in the first round, and somebody’s done for right away. I guess that's also the beauty of head-to-head. Hopefully you can ride consistently well and make it all the way to finals. Then you just go for it.
You're one of the only riders to put down a triple cork in a contest. Will we see more of it this year?
There's a big expectation on me to bring it out at every contest. It’s a really risky trick and sometimes at contests you try a trick on jumps that are not very good for it. That’s fine with some doubles, but you need to have a really, really good jump to try a triple cork or else it’s really damn dangerous. I’ll bring it out when the time is right and when I need to.
You got invited to go to Supernatural last winter. How was that?
That was probably the best experience of my life. I got to go ride with all my heroes and learned so much about the backcountry. By the end of the trip I felt like I had a really good first experience. That trip got me to the place I need to hang in the backcountry. Now I got that foundation, I can try to do new and bigger tricks. It was a huge step for me.
With the level of Slopestyle riding so high, do you think style is being by passed over for the sake of big tricks?
By some riders for sure .You can tell the ones that have control and understand how to do the tricks properly and can add their own twist to it. I think it’s pretty obvious who makes tricks look good. My whole goal is to never move onto the next trick unless you have it the way you want it to look and you feel like other people will be stoked by it. You can tell if a trick looks good by the way it feels when you do it.
Follow what Mark is doing this winter by checking out his website, markmcmorris.com.