High 5 – Kazuhiro Kokubo

The Burton party bus rolled through Munich the other night, so we collared Japanese ruler Kazuhiro Kokubo for a quick High 5. Read on for the coolest cat in snowboarding’s top 5 riders, tricks and more.

If anyone ever embodied the term ‘Naturally Cool’, it’s Kazu. The kid’s got so much steeze on a snowboard it’s unreal and for a perfect example of his riding you just gotta hunt down a copy of Standing Sideways to watch his opener. Though he’s better-known for his pipe skills, this part has only 1 shot from the stunt ditch and the rest is either saurian-sized park features or heavy, heavy backcountry spots. It’s no coincidence he’s never been so stoked on a part.

We sat down with Kazu to interview him for the mag but it quickly became apparent that while his English is way better than a couple years back, it would still be best to get a translator involved. Nevertheless, we hit him up with some quick fire 5s to find out where his head’s at. He didn’t say much, but he sure thought about his answers…

Top 5 Snowboarder of All Time

– John Jackson

– Gigi Rüf

– Terje

– Jake Blauvelt

– Nicolas Müller

Top 5 Tricks of All Time

– Backside 180

– Alley-Oop in the pipe

– Straight line on a big, steep mountain

– Method

– Frontside slash

Top 5 Funnest Guys to Ride With

– Luke Mitrani

– Mikkel Bang

– Charles Reid

– Mads Jonsson

– Ethan Deiss

Top 5 Sketchy Situations

– Icy pipe

– My car crash. I was just lucky!

– Avalanche in New Zealand last year after a storm. It took me 150m, seriously I almost died. Got a little bit buried and the two helis came an picked me up. It was big. I was with Nico and Stefan Maurer, they managed to jump out to the side by a rock but I was in the middle and I couldn’t get out the way.

– That’s it!

Top 5 Reasons why Japan is Awesome

– Food!

– Snow

– Hot springs. Onsen!

– Party. Japanese party, I like it!

– The nature


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