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Name: Kazuhiro Kokubo D.O.B.: 8/16/88 Stance: Goofy Sponsors: Adidas, Monster, Capita, Union, Oakley, Neff, Gshock, Stonp, Mizu, Wend Instagram: @kazukokubo Facebook: Facebook.com/Kazu7Koku Blog: latexmansion.tumblr.com Plans for 2014/2015: Filming in Japan, Alaska, BC, USA for various projects including the final installment of the Stonp or Die series. Photo: Colin Adair
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Photo: Colin Adair

"The nicest style to watch." - Halldor Helgason

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Photo: Colin Adair

"The samurai strikes again!" - Jake Blauvelt

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Photo: Colin Adair

Some riders, legends even, go their whole career without ever landing on the cover of a magazine once, yet SNOWBOARDER’s fourth best rider Of 2015 garnered 10 page one placements this past season alone! Coverboy Kazuhiro Kokubo has successfully adapted the effortless style and agro approach to amplitude that made him one of the most heralded halfpipe riders of the new millennium to the unrefined realm of the backcountry. Though often demure and humble, Kazuhiro is a rider of conviction and the occasional statements he makes are brash and bold while his riding continually steers the conversation to bigger, burlier, more fluid conclusions. Four-time X Games Real Snow medalist Dan Brisse had this to say of his Capita colleague, “Kazu's just got something about him that makes his snowboarding look bad ass. His overall style is a step above the rest.” 2010 and 2011 SNOWBOARDER Rider Of The Year John Jackson agrees, “Kazu was always one of my favorite riders to shred with and now he's still one of my favorites to watch. I love his story in the adidas series and his appreciation for style. It's cool to watch him go his own way.” In 2014, “going his own way” included sending a backside 900 over Whistler’s infamous 1080 gap, doing a cab seven Elgeurial handplant and sticking a 50-foot plus method off a cliff to end his CAPiTA "Defenders of Awesome 2: Stay Badass" closer. Perhaps the only current rider whose style is more envied than Kokubo’s amongst their peers is Mikkel Bang’s. Yet it isn’t just Kazu’s take on tricks that made Mikkel take notice. Explains Bang, “Watching Kazu makes me wanna go ride. And he rode with no beanie the whole season.” In keeping with Mikkel’s remarks it is time for SNOWBOARDER to says “hats off” to Kazuhiro Kokubo, our fourth best Rider of the Year for 2015!