Raised in the flatlands of Saskatchewan, Canada, Mark McMorris has become one of the most decorated and successful athletes in competitive snowboarding history.
In 2011, he became the first person to land a backside triple cork 1440, a trick so difficult it was once thought impossible. In 2012, at the age of 18, he became one of few people to win double gold at the same Winter X Games event, with a victory in both Slopestyle and Big Air (where he also landed the first triple in X Games history). He’s gone on to claim 10 X Games medals and counting and a bronze medal at the debut of Snowboard Slopestyle at the 2014 Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia. He’s earned medals at the Dew Tour, the US Open and Air + Style, and more in both Slopestyle and Big Air.
When not competing, Mark’s appeared in snowboard films including Brain Farm Cinema’s The Art of Flight, Burton’s Standing Sideways and 13, and his own feature film project, In Motion, shot mainly in the backcountry.
Throughout it all, he’s been known as a laid-back guy who can throw down his best even in high-pressure situations. “It’s been so great. Whenever the pressure kicks in, I’ve been able to perform,” Mark says. “That’s an athlete’s dream. It all makes me want to try harder and do better.”