Well, for once the news is not of riders being dropped from the Burton snowboard team but of riders being kept on. Two of the brand's longest-serving pros, Mikey Rencz and Kazuhiro 'Kazu' Kokobu, have just announced that the ink is drying on a pair of fresh deals. Here's what Kazu had to say:

When my recent contract with Burton was up, I had a lot of choices as far as sponsors go. But I wanted to stay with Burton because they are so dedicated to snowboarding and their team riders, along with making the best product and supporting the sport. All of these things are very important to me.

And if that's whetted your appetite for a little Kazu action, you can check out some of the skills that earned him his new deal here...