What were you doing when you were sixteen? Working on that driver’s license? Trying to survive high school? Not Marcus Kleveland. The young ripper recently became the third snowboarder to enter the prestigious (and previously inconceivable) “Quad Club.”
His backside Quad Cork 1800 – a full five spins with four off axis flips – is difficult to comprehend until you watch it in slow motion. At one point, Kleveland throws a double grab, tucked like an Olympic acrobat as he spins and flips into oblivion.
The second snowboarder to land a quad was Max Parrot, who cleanly landed his Switch Quadruple Underflip 1620 first try at Whistler Blackcomb.
The pioneer of the quad? That’d be British boarder Billy Morgan, who searched for the right jump before stomping a Quad 1800 in Livigno, Italy last spring.
Red Bull sponsors Kleveland and Morgan, while Monster was behind Max Parrot’s quad. It’s almost reminiscent of the Cold War and the Space Race between the USSR and the USA. [Insert movie trailer guy voice] In this energy drink-fueled world, one question remains: who will flip furthest into the stratosphere?