On a wakeboard since the second grade, Shota Tezuka unveiled heaps of potential at an age when most kids don’t even understand what the word “commitment” means. While still taking classes, Shota won the JWBA Kanto Junior Boys class at the All Japan Championship and at 12 years old, the first-ever elementary school wakeboarder in Japan was born.
It didn’t take long for Shota to leave his mark on the local competition scene and he gradually began to make his way to the top of the international wake scene. By 2010, he won King of Asia and the Asian Pro Tour. He then set his sights on the WWA Master Craft Pro Wakeboard Tour, and went on to participate in all five tournaments and won the Junior Pro Men’s category.
In the time since, he’s established himself as one of the premier talents of his generation, with a vast repertoire of dynamic moves, a trophy case stacked full of accolades and hard-drives packed with banger parts. All this and he just recently left his teens. Watch out.