"The Burton webisode about his season." - Gigi Rüf
"He’s gotten a medal at the Olympics and a TV show on United Airlines! Burton did that Mark McMorris edit, he’s in the Oakley movie…he’s killing it!" - DCP
"He was on the podium at almost every event of the 2014 contest circuit. Even after an injury he managed to end up third at the Olympics after landing one of the heaviest runs I've ever seen. A couple rad pow shots and a standout performance at Peace Park solidified his place in the top five." - Mark Sollors
Mark McMorris is currently competitive snowboarding’s golden boy, and even though he took bronze at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics slope venue in Russia, he still finished above the other two podium finishers—Ståle Sandbech and Sage Kotsenburg—on this coveted list. The reason being is that Mark transcends snowboarding and has embedded himself within the mainstream audience, but unlike other snowboard celebrities, he’s done it without seeming cheesy. Rather, McMorris has been himself. Talented, humble and driven. Oh, and the fact that he’s the best jumper alive. At the advent of the triple cork, Mark was front and center and since then, he’s pioneered slopestyle snowboarding as it evolves to new, never-before-seen heights, and he doesn’t show any signs of slowing down soon. Just a few short weeks ago, Mark took double gold at the 2015 Winter X Games in both big air and slopestyle, proving to the world that at the start of the 2014-15 season, he’s on track to dominate the contest circuit once again. But it’s not just the competitive arena where Mark shines, as recently he’s been venturing into the backcountry to ply his faculties in powder, and he seems to be as innate at landing in deep snow as he is on hardpack. As a rider who got his start wearing a bib, Pat Moore knows what it takes to cut your teeth in a start gate, and he gives Mark credit for his impressive winter, saying, “Every time Mark strapped in last year, he was the best competitive snowboarder in the world. He has taken slopestyle snowboarding to a different planet, linking triple corks along with tech rail tricks, like hardway backside 270's. He makes everything look way too easy. There was a lot of discussion about style this past year at contests and I pride myself as being someone who gives a shit. Mark has one of my favorite styles today.” Another pro snowboarder and fellow Granite Stater who knows firsthand what it takes to grind it out on a slopestyle course, Chas Guldemond, praised Mark, saying, “Believe the hype. He is the real deal. Always on point.” And the man who popularized the double backside rodeo—a trick seen in contest runs around the globe now—Eero Ettala said, “[He was] riding super strong all year long, winning comps left and right! The most progressive park rider out there right now!” At this point, Mark McMorris is worth millions, recognized around the globe and a household name every January, but few riders of the same status can claim a spot on this list, as voted on by professional snowboarders who have also appeared here. That’s the special part about Mark McMorris, and something tells us this won’t be the last time you’ll see him here. In fact, his next showing might just be two spots higher. Congratulations, Mark.