Pro snowboarder Mark McMorris breaks leg during big-air contest

While he’s been dominant on the competition circuit recently, Canadian snowboarder Mark McMorris suffered a major setback on Sunday when he fractured his femur during the Air + Style big-air contest in Los Angeles.

According to the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, officials with the Saskatchewan government (where McMorris’ father is a cabinet member) confirmed that McMorris will undergo surgery Monday to fix the fracture in his leg.

McMorris, the reigning X Games gold medalist and Olympic bronze medalist in snowboard slopestyle, had been performing well in the Air + Style contest Sunday night when he landed with his weight a little too far back on a jump in the second round, caught an edge and was catapulted down the landing area.

Mark McMorris

McMorris (shown here during the 2014 Dew Tour) had been on a dominant run recently prior to his injury. Photo: Courtesy of Dew Tour

McMorris remained down in the landing area for some time before being helped off the venue. Shortly after, event organizers with Air + Style posted online that McMorris was okay and currently undergoing evaluation:

The fall also elicited well wishes from many of his fans, most notably fellow countryman and five-time X Games medalist Sebastian Toutant:

Prior to this injury, McMorris had been on an absolute tear of late, racking up gold medals at the Dew Tour in December and at the X Games in January. Now, the 12-time X Games medalist will be sidelined for an indefinite period of time.

According to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, most femoral shaft fractures require four to six months to fully heal, though some take longer.

McMorris is yet to release a statement on the injury.

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