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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. Kazu’s snowboarding is synonymous with explosive style and technicality,
stacking results and standing on the podium at the X Games, and the
Burton Global Open Series in Europe, New Zealand and Japan including two
consecutive US Open of Snowboarding championships. The versatile phenomenon competed in pipe for Japan at the 2010 Olympics and intends on joining Team Japan again in 2014 in Sochi, Russia. Kazu 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.

BORN: Ishikari, Hokkaido, Japan
LIVES: San Clemente, California
STANCE: Regular, 22.5” Wide (+18 Front, +3 Back)
BOOT: The Samba
SHOE: Campus Vulc
SPONSORS: adidas, Capita, Union, Oakley, Monster
Energy, Skullcandy, G-Shock, Wend Wax, Mizu, & Stonp

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Behind The Cover October 2014 With Kazu Kokubo

Snowboarding News: Transworld Snowboarding | Friday September 12, 2014

Kazuhiro Kokubo lands the October 2014 issue cover with this huge backside 180 Japan on the Forum step down jump in the Whistler B.C backcountry. The post Behind The Cover : October 2014 with Kazu Kokubo . Shared by: Transworld Snowboarding Read Article...

September 2014

Snowboarding News: Snowboarder Mag | Friday August 22, 2014

The Secret Snowboard History of Japan’s Snowboarding Coup D’Etat By: Niel Hartmann SNOWBOARDER’s most trusted SoCal born, Japan-based contributor checks in from the North Island to tell the tales of a once-in-a-lifetime winter. Going the Distance: Jake Welch Weighs In By: T. Bird Just about two years ago, Jake Welch was on top of the... Shared by: Snowboarder Mag Read Article...

Lib Techs Holy Bowly Day Three Recap

Snowboarding News: Snowboarder Mag | Thursday April 17, 2014

words: T. Bird photos: E-Stone, Aaron Blatt, and T. Bird Instead of giving you a play-by-play of the action on the hill and the debauchery off of it at Lib Tech’s Holy Bowly, I decided to track down the man behind the event, Krush Kulesza and query him about the event itself.... Shared by: Snowboarder Mag Read Article...

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