Bio

Japanese riders have long set themselves apart from the pack – and Kazuhiro “Kazu” Kokubo is no exception. An explosive freestyle and halfpipe performer, able to adapt to any type of terrain and pull just about any move, Kazu has the entire crowd in awe every time he launches himself off the coping or lip to execute highly technical tricks with his style. While he’s still a presence on the contest scene (though he’s dialed back his involvement considerably), his attention has shifted to natural terrain. His proficiency in the backcountry led to a role in Jake Blauvelt’s highly acclaimed project, “Naturally,” which came out in Fall 2013. It’s exactly the part you might expect from Kazu at this point in his career: launching and pulling off massive maneuvers in some of the best natural terrain imaginable, with an enormous smile across his face.

Kazuhiro Kokubo

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I trust my goggles completely.

Date of Birth:
August 16, 1988
Hometown:
Hokkaido, Japan
Sponsors:
Adidas, Oakley, CAPiTA, Union, Monster Energy, Skullcandy, G-Shock, Armadillo, Leatherman, WEND Wax, Mizu, Shift, Stonp
Hobbies:
Surfing, traveling, taking naps

Career Highlights

    • 2011: 1st, Burton U.S. Open Halfpipe - Vermont
    • 2011: Opening part in Burton's Film, "Lost in Transition"
    • 2010: Bronze Medal, Winter X Games SuperPipe
    • 2010: 1st, Burton U.S. Open Halfpipe
    • 2009: 1st, World Cup Halfpipe - Saas Fee
    • 2008: 1st, Burton New Zealand Open Halfpipe
    • 2008: 2nd, Nippon Open Halfpipe and Slopestyle
    • 2008: 2nd, Burton Open Series
    • 2007: 1st, Asian Winter Games Halfpipe
    • 2007: 2nd, FIS World Championship Halfpipe