Winter X-Games double gold medalist McMorris and Slopestyle runner-up Kotsenburg join 16 other snowboarders who accepted invites to compete at Red Bull Supernatural from February 3-8 at Baldface Lodge in British Columbia, Canada. The unique backcountry snowboard competition, the brainchild of Travis Rice, will challenge, then crown the best all-around snowboarder on the planet.
“Red Bull Supernatural is all the absolute legends and best snowboarders in the world riding something that has never been touched before," McMorris said. "It's going to be exciting to watch and compete in.
"Getting the call from Travis meant so much to me. Oh man, I'm so looking forward to getting away from the usual contest grind, unplugging and riding pow with my idol Terje along with DCP, Devun Walsh and the best in the game."
'Red Bull Supernatural is all the absolute legends and best snowboarders in the world' – Mark McMorris
McMorris qualified twice for Red Bull Supernatural, first as the TTR World Tour slopestyle points leader as of January 15, then by winning X Games gold in slopestyle on January 28. The 18-year old Canadian continues to win slopestyle and big air competitions around the globe with a heavy bag of tricks and easy style. He also appeared in The Art of FLIGHT landing a 1440 on a massive kicker in the Aspen segment.
“That's a pretty gnarly opportunity [Supernatural] but you gotta take it, even if you get played there. It feels like a bittersweet moment, like, I'm scared, but it'd be such a sick thing to go to. There's no way you're gonna turn down an invite to T. Rice's Supernatural event,” Kotsenburg said in a USSA statement.
American, Kotsenburg is a dominant force in both slopestyle and big air competition. The Salt Lake City native earned a Red Bull Supernatural wild card pick with his silver medal finish in slopestyle at Winter X Games 2012 and landed the first-ever Cab double cork 1440 at the Billabong Air & Style in Innsbruck, Austria. The 18-year-old is one of the newest members of the U.S. Snowboarding Slopestyle Pro Team.
McMorris and Kotsenburg will join the following confirmed riders:
Red Bull Supernatural Confirmed Rider List
- David Carrier-Porcheron CAN
- Devun Walsh CAN
- Eero Niemela FIN
- Gigi Rüf AUT
- Jake Blauvelt USA
- John Jackson USA
- Kazu Kokubo JPN
- Lucas Debari USA
- Mark Carter USA
- Mark Landvik USA
- Nicolas Müller SUI
- Erik Jackson USA
- Scotty Lago USA
- Terje Håkonsen NOR
- Travis Rice USA
- Wolle Nyvelt AUT
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