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Mark and Craig McMorris | Different disciplines of snowboarding

Brothers McMorris take on Alaska with Travis Rice and ride street in Helsinki with Eero Ettala

Above: Craig McMorris, Eero Ettala and McMorris. Photo: Nathaniel Alexander.

Having Travis Rice as your personal backcountry guide in Alaska or getting a tour of the best street spots in Helsinki from Eero Ettala are both pretty high up there with the things we wish for most from life. Well, imagine if you were given the chance to do both.

“The idea of tackling the backcountry with Travis Rice by your side is as exciting as it is intimidating, so we can only imagine how thrillingly terrifying it is when you’re physically there”

Mark McMorris and Craig McMorris have been busy exploring the world and finding out what the different corners of it have got to offer in terms of snowboarding. The idea of tackling the backcountry with Travis Rice by your side is as exciting as it is intimidating, so we can only imagine how thrillingly terrifying it is when you’re physically there.

Backcountry is Travis’s forte, but the brothers do a pretty impressive job dropping down those big steep mountain lines. Leaving the comforts of your own area of expertise isn’t always easy, but the boys are doing a pretty solid job at it, making us wish Travis might give us a ring next time he’s giving a personal backcountry tour in Alaska. However, we’re no Mark McMorris, and would probably shit ourselves when put on the spot.

From backcountry to urban jibbing, the brothers travel to the street riding mecca, Helsinki, Finland. After a hiatus of eight years, Mark’s decided to give street riding ago, and even if the kid has got more X Game medals in his pockets than we’ve got fingers to count on, street riding can’t really be put in comparison to slopestyle.

“Nailing a trick on the spot isn’t always easy, which Mark was reminded of”

There probably isn’t anything that compares to the excitement when waking up on Christmas day as a kid, however, having Eero Ettala as your spot guide in Helsinki might be as close as we can get to it at this age. The boys decide to drop off the side of a uni building, or as Mark puts it ‘it’s like hitting an urban cliff drop’. Nailing a trick on the spot isn’t always easy, which Mark was reminded of. After a lot of blood, sweat and ‘fuck’s Mark finally lands it, and of course, does so in style.

Check out the full Brothers McMorris Snowboard Movie here!

Riders: Mark McMorris, Craig McMorris, Travis Rice, Eero Ettala
Filmed By: Marcus Skin, Russel Chai

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