Don't Call It A Comeback, He Will Be Here For Years

Mark McMorris sits atop the freeride park at Australia’s Perisher Resort, scoping different lines and adjusting his bindings. He’s already made some 10 runs through the park that features a pair of gigantic jumps, one boasting a 30-foot gap. And it’s barely noon.

I’m really happy to be back and doing what I love.

You don’t grow up in the relative flatlands of Manitoba, Canada to become one of the best snowboarders of a generation without putting in the work. And Mark is all about putting in the work. “I’m really happy to be back and doing what I love,” he says.

Last year, the 22-year-old was on his way to the best competitive season of his career, winning gold and silver at the X Games. But in February, the unthinkable happened: he broke his femur after landing awkwardly on a 1440 triple cork attempt at Air + Style Los Angeles. It was a terrifying scene as medical staff rushed to his aid.

in February, the unthinkable happened

But, as you’ll see in the film, created as part of a collaboration with our friends at The Inertia, Mark McMorris is a positive soul. He met the challenge of a potential career-threatening injury head on. He put in the work: Hours of pool sessions, physio appointments and lonely weight rooms became his life. And then this Fall, he made his triumphant return to snow in the Southern Hemisphere, where he spent hours training to prepare for the upcoming season.

From support of family, to his positive approach to rehab and most importantly, how he took time to have fun within a hectic training schedule, this is how Mark McMorris became whole again.

Check out the full story on The Inertia.