[UPDATE UPDATE - Ok, the real deal is back. Check out Mark McMorris whirling himself through the back 14 dub. For posterity we've kept in the naked Skeletor one too.]
[This is how we got around TWS shutting down the sneaky YouTube rip some skanker ripped. Pretty much exactly the same, apart from the nollie in, the Indy and the stance. Oh, and the flesh...]
Canadian Man-Child Mark McMorris put down the backside 1440 triple cork the other day. Say WHAT? Here's the video.
So there was this Transworld park shoot. They invited some young varmints who've got this jumping thing dialled to shoot a pretty darn nice looking jump. Gjermund Bråten was there and put down all four double cork 10s. Mark McMorris was there too and thought, "Screw that. Double 10s are so 2 seasons ago." He didn't even want in on the double 12 fest that's been the deal at the major kicker contests this season. Nope, he was after three rotations with three flips. Triple cork backside 1440. Not even easy to say...
Word from the Big Mac over on ESPN is he was trying just your regular double cork 1440s, and thought it would be easy enough to add another flip. He had a pop, got his feet underneath himself, but (much like Nils Arvidsson when he had a pop at a triple cork last season) crumpled. So he went back up, strapped, dropped, and sent it to the moon. Hell of a stomp, and like Torstein Horgmo's first frontside triple cork last summer he kept it styled too.
The most progressive trick seen this year or another step on the dead-end road towards snowboarding becoming ski aerials? While it's easy to bag on such riding as whirlybirding gymnastics the reality is that snowboarding has always thrived on progression. We put it to all those haters who'll say "I prefer a styled back 1 or front 3 any day" that while we understand where they're coming from and that they're correct that there certainly is a timeless aesthetic beauty to such tricks, even they themselves would be bummed if every contest, every movie was all back 1s and front 3s. Sure, flailed hucks have no business in contemporary snowboarding, but the odd bit of controlled hyper-spinning ain't necessarily the nail in snowboarding's coffin. Far from it.
When you can do all those stylish, slow spins, where do you go from there? Young riders will always want to push their, and the sport's, limits, and until we get those releasable magnetic bindings, this is where they're going. Bring us the tiger blood...
Original Transworld post to be found here.