Kazu Kokubo is undoubtedly one of the most influential riders in snowboarding currently, both when dropping into the halfpipe as well as when making sharing his opinions on snowboarding itself. Kazu’s abilities extend far beyond pipe walls and his style has already become iconic, but rest assured, there is plenty more to come from this Japanese phenom.
From adidas Snowboarding:
In today’s modern era, snowboarding continues to grow even more specialized than ever, and most riders are forced to focus on one style of riding with hopes of breaking through and making it big. Japan’s Kazuhiro Kokubo is the rare exception. The versatile phenomenon competed in pipe for Japan at the 2010 Olympics and spends his winters winning global halfpipe titles like the New Zealand and U.S. Open. When the competition season ends, Kazu peels off the bib and hops on his sled to begin filming in the backcountry. Solid, stylish parts in half-a-dozen Standard Films features plus annual Burton movie segments have established Kazu as one of snowboarding’s most well-rounded riders. In 2011 he founded Stonp, an accessories brand that supports the scene and his 7 Samurai crew back home in Japan. In 2012, Kazu filled the gaps in his competition schedule by joining adidas teammate Jake Blauvelt on filming missions for Naturally.