MARK MCMOR­RIS

The cham­pion snow­boarder on learn­ing to ride in Saskatchewan and the magic of com­pres­sion socks.

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HOW DOES A GUY FROM THE PRAIRIES BE­COME ONE OF THE BEST SNOWBOARDERS IN THE WORLD?

It’s mostly to do with pas­sion. Pro snowboarders don’t usu­ally hail from Vail or Whistler. There’s a su­per mini-re­sort near where I grew up called Mis­sion Ridge Win­ter Park – it’s like 97 me­tres of ver­ti­cal. But they have a small ter­rain park, and it was enough to learn the ba­sics. And hav­ing an older brother helped – we’d push each other to progress.

HOW MUCH HAS SNOWBOARDING EVOLVED DUR­ING YOUR CA­REER?

It’s night and day. When I started out, a 900 or a 1080 spin was the cra­zi­est trick around. When I went pro, we brought in dou­ble corks, but now that’s chump change. To­day we’re into three revo­lu­tions, 1260s, 1440s, triple corks, quadru­ple corks.

WHERE WOULD YOU LIKE TO SEE THE SPORT GO?

I’d like to see it move in an ex­ploratory di­rec­tion, as op­posed to go­ing fur­ther into gym­nas­tics. There used to be a lot more snowboarding in slopestyle, more than just flip af­ter flip. I love com­pet­ing, but I’m try­ing to ride more back­coun­try for fun.

UN­BRO­KEN DOC­U­MENTS YOUR RE­COV­ERY AF­TER A 2017 BACK­COUN­TRY AC­CI­DENT LEFT YOU WITH A BRO­KEN JAW, RUP­TURED SPLEEN, COL­LAPSED LUNG AND MORE. WHAT WAS IT LIKE TO WATCH IT?

I wasn’t look­ing for­ward to it, and I was pretty emo­tional, since I’ve sort of tried to erase it from my mem­ory. A crazy amount of work has gone into my re­cov­ery, but I think about it less and less ev­ery day.

COM­PRES­SION SOCKS: YAY OR NAY?

Frick yeah! I just wore my Bur­ton pair on a flight from Europe and my an­kles weren’t blown up at all. I need a com­pres­sion suit.

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