Air Canada enRoute

MARK MCMORRIS

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

- INTERVIEW BY / PROPOS RECUEILLIS PAR DOMINIQUE LAMBERTON

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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