27/02/2014 | by Sam McMahon
Admittedly this did slip under our radar, but seeing as it was posted in Japanese I think we can be forgiven. This is Burton Japan’s introductory/pre-Olympic smack talk video to young halfpipe superstar and very possible podium contender Ayumu Hirano.
Kazuhiro Kokobu’s 15 year-old protege is very likely to take a medal in the Olympic halfpipe in Sochi; although he’s never had a proper match up with both Shaun White and I-Pod this video shows he has the tricks in his arsenal to do so.
It doesn’t go so far as to show him landing a yolo-flip but it does imply that he can, plus what really got us going was the sneaky clip of him attempting a triple into an airbag at the end. THAT would surely be an upset for Shaun White’s Sochi goals.
We’ve fast forwarded the clip to the triple but be sure to head back to the start and check out the whole thing.
Anyway, if you want to see some super sweet pipe riding with truly enormous airs give this a spin.