Antti-Juhani "Naku" Piirainen - the Finnish Snowboarder of the Year 2007 - is a man of few words. If you know Naku, then you'll agree that he prefers letting his riding do the talking.
The Finn was awarded "The Snowboarder Of The Year" at the Slammer Gala Awards (a riders poll of the Finnish snowboarding magazine). As other categories were selected by public voting, the award Naku won was voted on by a special jury of his peers. He was later told that the decision was unanimous!
"I'm speechless from this kind of honor and accomplishment, especially when it could have been any other Finnish pro rider... Jussi Oksanen, Heikki Sorsa, Eero Ettala etc..." - Naku
And now, in 09/10 season, he'll be sporting Shred goggles and shades. "Naku" signed on with Shred, loving the fact that it's an athlete inspired brand which caters to the true core shredders out there. He had several other options, but ultimately chose Shred. Their loud style balances out his otherwise reserved demeanor.
We're stoked to have you on board, Naku! We hope you put in some sick sessions for all of us other mortals who aren't as lucky as you and can't quite get as much snow time in as you.