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11May/130

14-Year Old Monster Halfpipe Prodigy Ayumu Hirano Takes Second At Burton US Open Snowboarding Championships


Vail, CO (PRWEB) March 05, 2013

Young Japanese Pipe destroyer Ayumu Hirano earned second place at the Burton US Open Snowboarding Championships, taking home $ 20k and making history again after coming off his X Games silver medal win as the youngest medalist, who can now add youngest Halfpipe Champion to his record book.

Hirano, who went even bigger than legendary Shaun White in Vails perfect halfpipe, and pushed him hard to the finish, earned a score of 87.40 next to Whites 95.58 high score, and a place in snowboard history as the youngest snowboarder ever to claim this prestigious title.

"I was able to ride my best at the US Open and couldn't have done it without all my friends, sponsors and coaches supporting me, said Ayumu. The halfpipe at Vail was on point and I think it was a fun day for everyone in the contest."

Hirano linked together a massive run and amplitude was key, boosting the highest method air of the day on his first hit at nearly 25-feet, followed into a frontside 1080 tail grab, cab 1080 nose grab, frontside 900 tail grab, backside 540 mute, and nailed an absolutely huge frontside 1080 double cork frontside grab on the last hit. His final run, unbelievably, was even bigger and better unfortunately Hirano literally ran out of room on his last hit and landed in the shallow transition at the end of the Pipe.

Not only does this victory come off the heels of Hiranos famous silver medal performance at Aspen X Games, but the young Monster Energy rider just recently won first place at the 2013 Burton European Open Halfpipe Finals in Laax, Switzerland with a score of 86.60, and won the Burton High Five in New Zealand to start the season off.

Hirano has been dominating the Juniors Halfpipe scene for a couple years now, but he literally detonated the Mens Pro division in 2012/2013 and signified the changing of the guard, and the beginning of a new era. Snowboarding in Japan since the tender age of four, Ayumu follows the teachings and guidance of Monster Energy teammate and certified Stylemaster Kazuhiro Kokubo and splits his time between the US and Japan.

For more on Hirano, check out http://www.monsterenergy.com and http://www.facebook.com/monsterenergy. The site is dialed with exclusive photos, videos, and behind-the-scenes updates featuring Monster Energy athletes.

For interview or photo requests contact Kim Dresser (kim.dresser(at)indiepragency(dot)com).

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7Apr/120

Shaun White, Kelly Clark win ’07 U.S. Open Snowboard Halfpipe

Shaun White dominated the field and Kelly Clark went bigger than anyone else in winning the 2007 Burton U.S. Open Snowboarding Championships Halfpipe competition. Another video RadXSports. The 2007 Burton U.S. Open Snowboarding Championships took place the day after the infamous St. Patrick's Day Blizzard. Just the staging of the halfpipe competition was a challenge for athletes and Park Department immediately, but if the powder were the usual suspects enforced. The weatherman was a major player in the 2007 U.S. Open Snowboarding Championship. A blizzard dumped 2 feet of powder on Stratton Mountain in the night before the halfpipe competition. Mother Nature gave the Greens a major league curve ball and had major event staff and crew Stratton both to adapt. A half pipe is a U-shaped ice sculpture designed to propel the body at high altitudes at high speeds. The snow storm left a layer of powder in the transition, so that it slowly and unevenly. The Department has Stratton, what they could to sweep the tube, but almost every driver had problems with losing bumps on the floor, speed and balance in transition. Still, it was the same tube for each competitor, even the proverbial playing field. This year's field was known for its stars missing in action. Olympic gold medalist Hannah Teter is still rehabbing her knee, bent silver medalist Danny Kass for personal reasons, while Elena Height and Andy Finch were no shows for the competition. It did not help the field when Molly Aguirre injured a shoulder in ...

5Dec/110

Mens Snowboard Halfpipe Finals at The Brits 2010 at Laax, Switzerland

Some cool snowboard images:

Mens Snowboard Halfpipe Finals at The Brits 2010 at Laax, Switzerland
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The British Snowboard and Freeski Championships - The Brits - at Laax, Switzerland

Men's Snowboard Halfpipe Finals - The Brits - Laax, Switzerland 2010 - Forum Snowboard
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Men's Snowboard Halfpipe Finals - The Brits - Laax 2010

MTV: Snowboard - Disk Space
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This is a custom made one off. Made by Monson Snowboards. Original spaceman pencil sketch by Adam Bartley (UK).

Materials :
Custom snowboard. U.S. built, 155cm twin. Sidewall construction, Full length poplar woodcore, Triaxial fibreglass, Full wrap edges, Durasurf Sintered base. “Not made in China”.

These boards are tough and flexible - click for youtube clip.

12Nov/110

Snowboard Halfpipe Final at The Brits 2010 at Laax, Switzerland

A few nice snowboard images I found:

Snowboard Halfpipe Final at The Brits 2010 at Laax, Switzerland
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The British Snowboard and Freeski Championships - The Brits - at Laax, Switzerland

Snowboard Halfpipe Final at The Brits 2010 at Laax, Switzerland
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Image by bobaliciouslondon
The British Snowboard and Freeski Championships - The Brits - at Laax, Switzerland

Snowboard Half Pipe winners presentation at The Brits 2010 at Laax, Switzerland
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The British Snowboard and Freeski Championships - The Brits - at Laax, Switzerland