Carlos Garcia Knight Tops Qualifying Heat For Men’s Big Air at 2018 Winter Olympics

Following Anna Gasser’s performance in the women’s qualifier earlier this week, Big Air debuted for the men as at the 2018 Winter Olympics under sunny skies and a large crowd. Canada’s Max Parrot lead the pack in the first heat with a score of 92.50 after landing a textbook frontside triple cork 1440, followed closely behind Niklas Mattson of Sweden and the USA’s Kyle Mack.

Mack chose a different route, going backside triple 1440 with a Japan grab that was easily one of our highlights from the whole Olympics. Rounding out the six to qualify from the first heat was USA’s Chris Corning, Switzerland’s Michael Schaerer, and the golden boy from slopestyle, Red Gerard.

For the second heat, the group of riders arguably threw down a bit harder with Carlos Garcia Knight scoring the highest on the day with a huge 97.50 on a massive switch backside 1620 on his second run. The lowest score advancing from the second heat was a 90.50 (posted by Billy Morgan), which was higher than 5 out of 6 qualifiers making it out of the first. Notably, one of the favorites to win it all, Marcus Kleveland, did not advance to the finals after he was unable to land a run on either of his two tries.

The lone Norwegian to advance to the finals will be Torgeir Bergrem, who posted a 94.25 on his first run and then proceeded to set the snowboarding world on fire with a switch back 540 method that despite its score, had everyone claiming the best drop of the night. Canadian heavyweights Mark McMorris and Seb Toots had strong showings to qualify, while their fellow countryman Tyler Nicholson just missed the finals by a point. If that was just the qualifiers, we can’t wait to see what goes down in finals. Full results below:

Heat 1 Qualifiers:
Max Parrot – 92.50
Niklas Mattsson – 90.00
Kyle Mack – 88.75
Chris Corning — 88.00
Michael Schaerer — 87.00
Red Gerard — 85.00

Heat 2 Qualifiers:
Carlos Garcia Knight — 97.50
Jonas Boesiger — 96.00
Mark McMorris — 95.75
Torgeir Bergrem — 94.25
Seb Toots — 91.00
Billy Morgan — 90.50

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Men’s Snowboard Slopestyle Finals: Full Broadcast | X Games Aspen 2018

Watch McMorris, Kadono, Gerard, Kleveland, Corning, and more battle it out for X Games gold!

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Who Made The Canadian 2018 Winter Olympic Snowboard Team?

After a few Instagram story posts by Jamie Anderson and the official press release sent out yesterday, it looks like The Canadian Olympic Committee has named their Canadian snowboard team for the upcoming 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea. Not a surprise to any, Mark McMorris, Seb Toots, Spencer O’Brien, Max Parrot, Brooke Voigt, Laurie Blouin and Tyler Nicholson will all be headed to the Olympic Games to compete in Slopestyle and Big Air.

Mark McMorris competing in the 2017 Winter Dew Tour last month. PHOTO: Mike Yoshida

“I’m looking forward to having similar feelings leaving as I did last time and I’m stoked that I rode to the best of my ability when it mattered. I think it’s really cool to go and represent Canada and I’m looking forward to it because the nation seems to care a lot about the Olympic Games.” – Mark McMorris.

Full Press Release Below:

The Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) and Canada Snowboard officially announced the seven athletes and four coaches nominated to represent Team Canada in the slopestyle and big air snowboard events at the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018.

The athletes were selected based on their performance in FIS World Cup, World Championship, and World Snowboard Tour events between July 1, 2016 and January 1, 2018. Due to their strong performances during the 2016-17 season, Mark McMorris and Max Parrot were eligible for early nomination to Team Canada for the Olympic Winter Games.

The snowboarders nominated are:

Laurie Blouin (Stoneham, QC)

Mark McMorris (Regina, SK)

Tyler Nicholson (North Bay, ON)

Spencer O’Brien (Courtenay, BC)

Max Parrot (Bromont, QC)

Sébastien Toutant (L’Assomption, QC)

Brooke Voigt (Fort McMurray, AB)

The coaches nominated are:

Elliot Catton (Collingwood, ON)

Chris Witwicki (Calgary, AB)

Personal coaches:

Sani Alibabic (Innsbruck, Austria)

Adam Burwell (Regina, SK)

On the men’s team, McMorris has won 14 medals at the Winter X Games since 2011, including one gold and two bronze last season. Parrot owns eight X Games medals of his own, highlighted by back-to-back big air gold medals in Aspen in 2016 and 2017. Toutant won his sixth career X Games medal last year when he claimed slopestyle bronze in Norway. Nicholson earned his first career X Games medal at the 2017 event in Aspen where he won slopestyle silver.

On the women’s side, O’Brien won slopestyle gold in Aspen in 2016 for her sixth career X Games medal. Blouin stunned everyone when she captured slopestyle gold at the 2017 FIS World Championships. Voigt has won FIS World Cup medals in both big air and slopestyle, earning her fifth career podium last February in Quebec City.

The athletes will continue to train, and some will compete events in Snowmass, Colorado, and Laax, Switzerland, in the next two weeks, their final events leading up to PyeongChang 2018.

Slopestyle and big air are two of the newest additions to the Olympic Winter Games program. Slopestyle was first contested at Sochi 2014, where McMorris won a bronze medal. PyeongChang is the first Olympic Games to include big air. The Canadian contingent is one of the best in the world, with the four spots on the men’s side being highly contested for. Canada has seven athletes ranked in the top 20 in slopestyle and five of the top 20 in big air.

Snowboard slopestyle will take place at the Phoenix Snow Park, February 10-12 (Days 1-3). Big air will take place on a specially constructed ramp at the Alpensia Ski Jumping Centre, February 19-24 (Days 10-15).

“The strength of our snowboard team reflects the incredible depth Canada has in this exciting sport. I’m looking forward to cheering these athletes on as they challenge for the podium in PyeongChang.”

– Isabelle Charest, PyeongChang 2018 Team Canada Chef de Mission

“I’m really happy to have been selected for the Olympic Games. Of course it’s a huge moment in my career. It’s my first Olympic Games so I have a lot of expectations. My goal is to get to the final, and if I get to the final, to win a medal, so I trained hard for that. I’m really happy to represent my country, Canada, in PyeongChang.”

– Laurie Blouin, PyeongChang 2018 nominated athlete

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The WKNDRS at Dew Tour – Red Gerard, Brock Crouch, Nik Baden, and More

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Mark McMorris, Danny Davis, and Darcy Sharpe—Burton Dew Tour Team Announced

Tune in to watch the Burton heavyweights compete for the Dew Tour Team Challenge gold this Sunday, December 17, in Breckenridge, Colorado.

Read the full Mark McMorris, Danny Davis, and Darcy Sharpe—Burton Dew Tour Team Announced article on Snowboarder Magazine.

Mountain GOAT: Mark McMorris, The Young Canadian Phenom

McMorris has topped the ranks of contest snowboarding in what is arguably one of the most intense times to be a slopestyle snowboarder—the multi-cork era.

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Air + Style Beijing Highlights

Check some action from Air + Style Beijing and the fun that went down behind the scenes.

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Mark McMorris is Back on Board

Mark McMorris is back on his snowboard and straight up ripping the Stomping Grounds park at Saas Fee. Alongside him is Sebbe De Buck, Mikey Ciccarelli, Stale Sanbech, and Torgeir Bergrem.

Video by Russell Chai. Additional filming by Marcus Skin, Finn Laver, and Nate Lav.

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Name Droppin’: Oakley Airbrake XL Mark McMorris – Rider Endorsed Product of 2018

Take a look at what Mark McMorris has to say about his signature goggle.

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Iikka Backstrom, Zak Hale, Craig McMorris, and More Go To Broke Butt Mountain

A two-song heater from Perisher with a sick crew.

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Zak Hale, Craig McMorris, Sebbe De Buck, and More at Perisher

The Perisher content has been more than plentiful as of late but we’re not butthurt about another edit from Australia’s premier park riding destination. The snowboarding is more than good. Check out the WKNDRS edit funnily titled Broke Butt Mountain featuring Craig McMorris, Ulrik Badertscher, Sebbe De Buck, Zak Hale, Iikka Backstrom, Mark McMorris, Anna Gasser, and Kevin Griffin.

Video by Russell Chai.

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2018 Winter Olympic Predictions: Mark McMorris and Team Canada

Mark McMorris on his way to gold at the 2017 Burton U.S. Open. PHOTO| Mark Clavin

Team Canada is the preeminent favorite in slopestyle and big air heading into the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in PyeongChang, South Korea and they have arguably the favorite in both disciplines with Mark McMorris, so there’s no doubt that all eyes are on our neighbor to the north come February 2018. However, they’re light years behind other countries in halfpipe. This will prove to be their toughest challenge, but they’ve been at the forefront of pushing inbounds freestyle snowboarding to new heights over the last five years and their Olympic team is one of the best funded and progressive programs on earth. Canada is a force to be reckoned with in PyeongChang. A colossal force, in fact.

Team Canada walking into the opening ceremonies for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. Who will be on the roster for the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea? PHOTO: Chris Wellhausen
Will another Canadian sweep be possible? Toots, McMorris, and Parrot at the 2016 Dew Tour. PHOTO: Aaron Blatt

Qualification/Selection Process:

Team Canada is allotted four male and four female athletes per snowboard discipline (slopestyle and big air, which are one in the same and halfpipe), for a total of eight athletes in slope/big air and eight athletes in halfpipe. In order to be eligible, the riders must hold a valid Canadian passport that does not expire before August 28th, 2018. They also need one top 30 finish at a World Cup or World Championships and have at least 50 FIS points. The team selection period is from July 1, 2016 to January 1, 2018. Canada also has what’s called an “Early Nomination Process,” which is judged off of five events from the 2016/2017 season. They are the Laax FIS World Cup, the X Games, the Quebec FIS World Cup, the US Open and the European X Games. [Editor’s Note: Mark McMorris and Max Parrot have already been selected to the team via the Early Selection Process.] The rest of the team will be chosen via a results-based selection process, which in layman’s terms basically means that the riders with the best contest placings in Olympic-accredited events will fill the remaining spots on the team.

Canada is a force to be reckoned with in PyeongChang. A colossal force, in fact.

Favorites in Slope and Big Air

Mark McMorris, the current face of competitive snowboarding. PHOTO: Chris Wellhausen

Mark McMorris:
Mark is the current face of competitive snowboarding. The kid’s won every single major event in the slopestyle and big air arena and he’s a multi-million dollar athlete, for very good reason. He’s coming off a gruesome backcountry injury just a few months ago, but if we learned anything about who is capable of coming back from a harrowing injury to climb back to the top quickly, it’s most definitely Mark.
*Of note is that Mark has already been selected to the Canadian team.

Mark McMorris is no stranger to the podium, medaling in every major contest on the snowboard circuit. PHOTO: Mark Clavin
Max Parrot taking the top spot at L.A. Air and Style earlier this year. PHOTO: Mark Clavin

Max Parrot:
Max is probably the favorite to win gold in big air at this point, but remember that six months is a lifetime in competitive snowboarding so this will probably change. One of the first riders ever to land a quadruple cork, and with big air’s format of one-hit wonder tricks, Max probably has the repertoire to take gold. However, there’s still a lot of time and a lot of training to be had so really, it’s anyone’s game come February. In slopestyle, Max struggles to link tricks at times and he’s light years behind other riders when it comes to rails, but he could be the first rider ever to do quad corks on every jump feature in South Korea. Whether or not that’s a good thing is fully up to you to decide.
*Of note is that Max has already been selected to the Canadian team.

Check out our predictions for Team USA heading into the 2018 Winter Olympics here!

Sebastien Toutant:
It’s crazy to think that Seb Toots is a “veteran” in the slopestyle and big air scene, but he certainly is at this point. That’s what happens when you go pro before you’re a teenager, but mentally, there’s no tougher contest rider on earth than Seb. The more pressure that rests on him, the better he rides, and he’s stood atop the podium of every major competitive event in snowboarding. He’s got to learn some new tricks to do well in both big air and slope but he’s a medal contender at every contest he shows up to.

Despite this photo, Mikey Ciccarelli does not have a big head going into the 2018 Winter Olympics. PHOTO: Mark Clavin

Mikey Ciccarelli:
Mikey is the young gun on the Canadian powerhouse team when it comes to big air and slopestyle and he opts to spin flat and increase rotations rather than going for broke with triples and quadruple corks, which many believe is harder to do. However, if Mikey makes the team, he’ll come into Korea as the underdog as the spotlight will be on the veterans of the Canadian team and that’s when he rides his best. One other rider who was in a similar situation going into Sochi goes by the name of Sage Kotsenburg.

Tyler Nicholson’s silver medal run at the Winter X Games in Aspen earlier this year.

Tyler Nicholson:
Tyler’s relaxed demeanor and soft-spoken persona is in stark contrast to his explosive riding. He pops harder, goes bigger and stomps further than almost any other rider in the competitive arena. However, when he goes down, he does so in spectacular fashion due to the sheer amplitude of his tricks. Tyler’s no stranger to the contest circuit but he’s never been on as big of a stage as the Olympics. However, we think he can handle it and he very might well walk away from Korea with a medal in big air or slope because once he learns a trick, it’s in his bag forever, and that’s the mark of a true talent in this sport.

Darcy Sharpe:
Darcy Sharpe is the next frontman of the Canadian snowboard scene. He can do it all, and he is widely considered the best all-around up-and-coming contest rider alive, as his rail game is as strong—if not stronger—than his abilities in the air, and that’s what makes him such a threat. A lot of riders lose slopestyle contests in the rail section, but Darcy rarely does. Keep an eye out for this kid to sneak his way onto the podium of slope or big air if he makes the squad.

Spencer O’Brien (left) celebrating a podium at the 2017 Burton U.S. Open. PHOTO: Mark Clavin

Spencer O’Brien:
The only reason that Spencer O’Brien isn’t widely regarded as the best female slopestyle rider of her generation comes down to one name: Jamie Anderson. Spencer has been hot on Jamie’s heels since they first put on a bib and competed against each other years ago, and although Jamie is the most dominant rider the world has ever seen in a slopestyle setting, Spencer is always there giving her a run for her money. This has typecast Spencer as an underdog for her whole career, but it’s that moniker that maker her ride with a chip on her shoulder, and that’s when she’s most dangerous.

Parrot, McMorris, and Toots… chances to medal are high. PHOTO: Mike Yoshida

Odds-On Chances to Medal:
Very good. We will be incredibly surprised if a member of Team Canada doesn’t walk away with some hardware hanging from their neck in Korea, let alone two or three. In our opinion, Canada has the best chance of any team to pull off a sweep in slopestyle and big air and unfortunately, we don’t think anyone from the great white north will podium in pipe in 2018.

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Mark McMorris and Anna Gasser win Best Male and Female Action Sport ESPYs

Snowboarders cleaned up at this year’s ESPY Awards, as Mark McMorris and Anna Gasser claimed titles for Best Male and Best Female Acton Sports Athletes. This is the first ESPY for each of the riders; marking Anna’s first nomination and McMorris’ fourth.

Mark missed the awards, but nonetheless was stoked on the win and took to his social accounts to thank fans and voice his excitement.

Sparky, cheesin. Photo: McMo’s Twitter

On Twitter, Mark posted an emoticon-filled message saying, “Holy shieeetttt!!! Was out boating and got the call that I won my first ESPY—Thank you all for voting!”

Mark beat out John John Florence (surf), Nyah Huston (skate), and Oystein Braaten (ski) for the award.

This past season was filled with many highs and a few lows for Mark who earned three X Games golds, two World Cup titles, and a Burton US Open win in Slopestyle. In March, Mark sustained a burly injury while filming in the backcountry. He is currently rehabbing and working hard to get back on track and has sights set on the 2018 Olympics for both slopestyle and big air.

Glam girl. Gasser’s got style. Photo: ESPN screengrab

Anna attended the ESPYs and got all dolled up for the grand affair held at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, California.

“I can’t believe I’m holding this trophy in my hands,” Gasser said while accepting her award.

The 25-year-old beat out Kelly Sildaru (ski), Lacey Baker (skateboard), and Tyler Wright (surf), to earn the coveted award.

Gasser had herself one hell of a season and bagged four wins at five events, including gold in slopestyle at the Burton US Open, and gold in slope at X Games Norway.

Anna also has her attention set toward the Olympics, where she hopes to bring home medals to her native homeland of Austria, in both big air and slopestyle.

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Camp Of Champs Closes Down: The Pros Weigh In

Since the closing of Camp of Champions, comments have poured in by the hundreds, with many pledging their support for COC as well as grieving about the loss of one of snowboarding’s most iconic platforms.

Read the full Camp Of Champs Closes Down: The Pros Weigh In article on Snowboarder Magazine.

Have You Ever Smoked Weed on a Chairlift?

Well, have you? Find out which of your favorite pros take hits outside of the park.

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Craig and Mark McMorris’ Big Day Out – Days Before Most Recent Accident

The McMorris brothers spend a day shredding together in Whistler.

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Mark McMorris, Tyler NIcholson, and The WKNDRS at X Games Norway

Mark McMorris, Tyler Nicholson, Mikey Ciccarelli, Red Gerard, Brock Crouch, Brandon Davis, Roope Tonteri, and Seb Toots made a quick WKNDRS edit from the X Games in Norway.

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Mark McMorris Backcountry Injury : UPDATE

Craig McMorris tells us how his brother is recuperating after suffering multiple injuries.

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Mark McMorris, Red Gerard and the WKNDRS in Norway

A powerhouse crew out at X Games Norway.

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