One of our favourite snowboarders joins forces with one of our favourite snowboard brands. Awesome! And the welcome edit's not too shabby either...
Over the summer we'd heard rumours of the Japanese bossman parting ways with longtime sponsor Burton, and had seen footage of him ripping about on a CAPiTA steed. Could 1 + 1 = 2, we wondered?
Yes, as it turns out. News dropped over the holidays that Kazu officially joined the ranks of CAPiTA's rippers, but we were too filled with poultry and spirits to post the announcement. Now we've digested and sobered up we're letting you know in case you were in the same coma, and there's now even a sick edit welcoming him to the team as well as showing the sizeable skill sack of the rest of the CAPiTA riders.
Here's the babble. Kazu is the BOSS.
CAPiTA Snowboarding is pleased to announce the addition of Kazuhiro Kokubo to its team of professional athletes.
As one of the most respected riders worldwide, Kokubo has a long list of accolades.
The X-Games medalist has six FIS World Cup victories and has graced the cover of every international snowboarding magazine but one. A two-time Olympian, his accomplishments also include back-to-back wins at the US OPEN of Snowboarding. The March 2011 title was especially momentous as he became the first Japanese rider to win the US OPEN of Snowboarding multiple times. The victory came just one day after the Tsunami rocked his home country, adding to the enormity of the moment.
CAPiTA President Blue Montgomery commented, “We’re honored to have Kazu join us. Normally we don’t sign athletes outside our farm system, but Kazu is a perfect match. Who he is, how he presents himself, what he stands for… he’s a very unique person and such a stylish, powerful snowboarder. He defends awesome. The future around here looks bright."
At CAPiTA, Kokubo joins two time X-Games Gold Medalist Dan Brisse, Transworld Snowboarding’s Women’s Rider of the Year Jess Kimura, Superstar Scott Stevens, Rookie of the Year nominee Brandon Cocard, and a company known for its credible roots and artistic approach.
CAPiTA Pro Team: Dan Brisse, Scott Stevens, Jess Kimura, Kazu Kokubo, Dustin Craven, Cale Zima, Brandon Cocard, Phil Jacques.