FROM THE MAG: OUTSIDE THE BOX WITH MARK MCMORRIS

Words: Jeff Aguilar
Photos: Aaron Dodds

D.O.B.: 11/09/93
RESIDES: Regina, SK, Canada
HOMETOWN: Regina, SK, Canada
SPONSORS: Burton, Redbull, Oakley, Matix, DVS, Sony Head Phones

WHERE ARE YOU FROM?
I’m from the flattest place in Canada called Saskatchewan.

WHERE ARE YOU LIVING NOW?
I’m based out of my parents place in Saskatchewan, but it seems like I’m never there because I’m always on the road.

WHERE DO YOU RIDE THE MOST?
I really don’t ride anywhere more than the other. I do so many contests that it allows me to ride all over the world on the best set ups, which is always fun!

WHO’S IN THE CREW, YOUR FAVORITE RIDING HOMIES?
Stale (Sandbech), Gjermund (Braaten), Seb (Toutant), my brother of course and probably a good bud Matt Zaran.

HOW OFTEN DO YOU MAKE IT OUT TO COLORADO?
I’m in Colorado pretty much for all of December. I love it here!

WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE COLORADO RESORT?
Keystone, because they build proper and have innovative features every year.

FAVORITE COLORADO BACKCOUNTRY SPOT?
I haven’t been in Colorado backcountry.

WHAT WOULD YOU SAY WAS YOUR BEST TRIP OUT?
When I was 15, I came for The Launch at Keystone. I landed one of the first backside 1080 double corks and sort of made a name for myself there.

HOW MANY TRIES DID IT TAKE FOR YOU TO LAND THAT FIRST TRIPLE CORK 1440?
Three.

YOU GOTTA TELL ME WHAT WENT INTO PREPARING FOR THAT TRICK. FOAM PIT OR AIRBAG TRAINING? OR JUST A COLD-HARD, CALCULATED, RISK-ASSESSMENT?
Just lots of confidence. I had an idea of what it was going to feel like and it worked. I’m just happy I did it injury free.

DID THE PARK CREW AT ASPEN MAKE ANY MODIFICATIONS TO THAT JUMP TO MAKE IT LESS DANGEROUS FOR YOU? HOW DOES IT FEEL TO UP THE ANTE WITH A TRICK LIKE THAT, AND HAVING EVERY PRO SNOWBOARDER IN THE WORLD ON YOUR TAIL TO LEARN THAT TRICK ASAP? DO YOU WELCOME THE CHALLENGE, OR DO YOU NOT EVEN SEE IT THAT WAY, AND FEEL LIKE YOU’RE JUST DOING YOUR OWN THING?
I’m just doing my own thing, which is progressing my riding along with the sport, they did make it a bit bigger.

WHAT D O YOU HAVE PLANNED FOR THE FUTURE?
To film more and get all these tricks in the backcountry! For now just having fun and keep doing the contest scene.

ANYTHING TO ADD?
Thanks to everyone that has helped along the way! You know who you are!

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Originally published January 2012.