Mark McMorris 'disappointed' after femur-breaking fall

Olympic medal-winning snowboarder Mark McMorris to undergo surgery after a devastating crash at an Air + Style event in Los Angeles on Sunday night.

'I'm disappointed to have to sit out for some time'

Mark McMorris breaks femur at Air + Style competition in Los Angeles 3:20

Canadian snowboarder Mark McMorrisĀ is thanking his family andĀ fans for their love andĀ support following a massive crash Sunday night.

McMorris, of Regina, broke his femur while landingĀ aĀ frontsideĀ 1440 triple corkĀ at the Air+Style event in Los Angeles

"I'm disappointed to have to sit out for some time, but I am looking forward to getting back on snow as soon as possible,"McMorris said in a statement.

He is expected to have surgery later Monday, according to Red Bull Canada, adding he "is expected to make a full and speedy recovery."

'Just brutal'

McMorris had flown about 100 feet from a 16-storey jump and had just touched down when he caught an edge and went tumbling.

Commentators on the live stream described the fall as "just brutal."

Less than an hour later, McMorris's fellow Canadian in the competition, Sebastien Toutant, shared a first reaction.

Shortly afterwards, Air+Style posted an update on his condition.

Playing through the pain

It's not the first time the Regina native has been injured in competition.

McMorris won Canada's first medal of the Sochi Games in 2014, a bronze in slopestyle, just two weeks after fracturing a rib at the X Games.

When he was initially injured, McMorrisĀ said at the time thatĀ he rode to the bottom on adrenaline.

"By the time I got to the hospital, I could barely get on the bed, or laugh or talk."

His treatment at the time wasĀ Tylenol and acupuncture.

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