Kazu Kokubo

August 16, 1988

BIRTHDAY

Hokkaido, Japan

HOMETOWN

local resort

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Regular

stance

BIOGRAPHY

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​CAPiTA

adidas

Monster Energy

Union Bindings

Stonp

Oakley

Neff

Skullcandy

Wend Wax

Mizu

Armourdillo

Ray Gun Tattoo

SPONSORs

     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. Most recently, he rode away with 2016 Video Part of the Year in the film Stronger. Stronger, also was voted Film of the Year.

Career Highlights

Filmography

Stronger. (Part of the Year) - 2016

Origins - 2015

Stonp or Die 3 - 2015

DOA2 Stay Bad Ass - 2014

Snowboarding for Me - 2014

Naturally - 2013

Stonp or Die 2 - 2013

Stonp or Die - 2012

Supernatural - 2012

The Storming - 2011

Standing Sideways - 2011

Aesthetica - 2010

The B - 2009

It's Always Snowing Somewhere - 2008

Catch the Vapors - 2007

Draw the Line - 2006

Paradox - 2005

Lost in Transition - 2003

Videos

annual awards

2016 - TWS Video-Part of the Year

2016 - Backside Magazine Cover Issue

2014 - TWS October Cover Issue

2012 - Snowboard Mag August Cover Issue

2012 - Pleasure Mag March Cover Issue

2012 - Freerun Mag February Cover Issue

2012 - TWS Japan January Cover Issue

Competition

2011 - U.S. Open, Halfpipe, 1st

2010 - U.S. Open, Halfpipe, 1st

2010 - Winter X Games, Superpipe, 3rd

2010 - ​Vancouver Winter Olympics, Halfpipe, 8th

2009 - Winter Universiade, Halfpipe, 1st

2009 - Winter Universiade, Big Air, 1st

2009 - New Zealand Open, Halfpipe, 1st

2008 - Nippon Open, Halfpipe, 2nd

2008 - Nippon Open, Slopestyle, 2nd

2007 - Asian Winter Games, Halfpipe, 1st

2007 - FIS World Championship, Halfpipe, 2nd

2006 - Turin Winter Olympics, Halfpipe, 3rd

2005 - FIS World Cup, Halfpipe, 3rd

2003 - Burton U.S. Open, Halfpipe, 2nd

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