Freedom for life: My story

#Team Freedom

Max Parrot - Pushing the limits

I’ve always been chasing the same goal, and that is to be the very best in my sport. However, I can’t do this alone. I’ve always had an awesome support system and team around me that has shaped me into what I’ve become today.

I started off as a kid in Bromont, Quebec, who got really jealous when I saw a good friend of mine get a snowboard for Christmas. I thought it was so cool, I really wanted one. My parents didn’t think it was the safest sport and encouraged me to go into professional skiing, like my dad. Instead, I mowed every lawn in my neighbourhood to save up for my first snowboard. After that I really started chasing my dream.

The defining moment of my career so far was when I won both of my events at the X Games in less than 24 hours in 2014. The X Games is pretty much the Holy Grail for snowboarders, so winning not only once, but twice, was massive for my career. It was such a long road to make it to that point; the emotions I felt are indescribable.

At the end of the day, I wouldn’t be here today without my team and the people who support me. They’ve helped me achieve my dreams and my own freedom. I’ve had a great support system my entire life, and that starts and ends with my parents. My mom is the first person I call after a tournament; she’s the most excited and supportive. At the same time, I can always lean on my best friend of 21 years and my amazing girlfriend to talk about things besides snowboarding. I love this sport, but it always helps to talk about life sometimes and these two have always been there for me for whatever life throws at me.

Lastly, I feed off my competition. Mark McMorris, Sebastien Toutant – they’ve pushed me to be my best. I believe you’re only as good as the company you keep, and these guys are among the best in the world.

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