Mark McMorris - The InterviewMark McMorris is one of Canada's future stars both in wakeboarding and snowboarding. Hailing from Saskatchewan, Mark rides with some of the best wakeboarders in Canada (Hollick, Burwell, Stumborg, Miller, Leugner), including his older brother Craig, which will no doubt push him to new heights in the coming years.
How it started, in Mark's words...
It all started on a butter day when I was at my cabin and I was shreddin’ all day on the kneeboard. This big boat came past my cabin with music playing and it even had a tower!!!!!!!!! They were on the lake all day wakeboarding and I watched from my dock. I thought it was so cool - it was like snowboarding on water. I had only heard little bits about wakeboarding at the time because I was more into snowboarding. My parents thought it looked neat so when we got back to the city we decided that we were going to rent one from the local board shop Off Axis. We did, and my brother and I gave it a try. We both got up first try and it was the coolest feeling ever. So from there on we purchased a wakeboard and a wakeboard boat and it all took off from there. Over the last few years I have been on the Sask First team as well, riding with friends like Adam Burwell, Anthony Hollick, Braden Stumborg, Dylan Miller and Ashley Leugner.
SC: You had a really good year in 2006. You won the Boys division at Nationals and were named to the Wakeboard Sask 1st Team. Congrats! What’s your goal for this year?
Some of my goals for this year are just to progress my riding as much as I can and also have good contest results and maybe pick up a few sponsors. I would like to improve my results at the Worlds this year in Reno.
SC: You also finished 2nd in 2007 in the Nationals Wakeskate Finals. Would you say you enjoy wakeboarding more? Or wakeskating? What’s the skate scene like in Saskatchewan?
It all depends how I’m feeling, but I think I enjoy wakeboarding more. The Saskatchewan wakeskate scene is really progressing. There are more and more kids that are trying it out and just loving it, so our scene is only going to get better. I have to say Ontario has an amazing wakeskate scene going on with companies like L13 and Sattelyte wakeskates.
SC: If you had to list some riders that you look up to for riding tips and advice, who would it be?
If I had to look up to any rider in the world it would be Randall Harris and Rusty Malinoski.
SC: If you were to look into a crystal ball and see yourself in 5 years, what would you see?
I would be at my lake with all my buddies on a glass day doing a line with a switch toe 7 and a reg toe 7. I would also like to make it onto the Junior X Tour.
SC: What is your favourite trick (wakeboard and wakeskate)?
My favorite trick on a wakeboard is probably a big Tootsie roll into the flats. On a wakeskate it would have to be BS 180 w2w.
SC: Do you have any sponsors? What board/binding setup do you use?
Yes. My sponsors are are O’neil, Ronix, and Off Axis boardshop. My set up is the One board with the One boots and an O’neil vapor vest.
SC: If you could spend a day wakeboarding with anyone, who would it be?
Probably a butter day in Rusty’s MasterCraft and riding all day long!
SC: Do you think all your snowboarding in the winter helps your wakeboarding? Do you compete in snowboarding as well?
Yah, it helps a lot with air awareness and style. It also helps so much with sliding. Yes, I compete on my snowboard all across Canada with the provincial team. I was at the Canada Winter Games in Whitehorse, and the Nationals at COP this past winter.
SC: For all the young and single ladies out there, can you confirm that you’re on the prowl? Or have you already settled down at such a young age?
Oh I can assure you that I am still on the prowl ahaha.
SC: I know Rusty is a role model for you. Have you had a chance to ride with Rusty at all?
I actually have gotten to ride with Rusty and I was so much fun!!!!!!!!!!
PlayStation? Xbox? Wii? Or none?
I don’t play video games
Kraft dinner, aka KD
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