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I grew up in a small town in Japan called Takahata which is in Yamagata. When I was young, I aspired to be a professional baseball player until one day someone introduced me to skateboarding and I fell in love. I knew this is what I wanted to do for the rest of my life. Skateboarding led to snowboarding and another passion emerged.
Takahata is surrounded by mountains and lots of natural settings so it felt natural that I wanted to spend my life in the mountains. Since I strapped into my first board, I haven’t looked back.
Now I live in Whistler BC with my wife and twin girls and I ride everyday that I possibly can. I started a film company a few years ago called HEART Films so I can film and create movies and websodes with my friends.
This year I decided to leave Burton to join DCP, JPS, RDM in YES Now Boards as we share the same ideas and vision for snowboarding. Snowboarding is about FUN and pushing our limits and exploring new terrain with friends and simply – YES, is all about that and nothing else so I was on board.
I hope you share our vision too and try a YES Now board this season and enjoy everyday!