Ayumu Hirano left his first mark on the snowboard World Cup circus at the end of August, 2013, when he dominated the World Cup competition taking home a victory at his first appearance. The then 14-year-old became the youngest rider ever to win a FIS Snowboard World Cup. He superseded American Ross Powers, the 2002 Olympic Gold medalist, who was 15 years old winning the halfpipe competition in Alts, Japan, in February 1995. This pint-sized powerhouse from Murakami, Japan, finished second at the 2013 Winter X Games as well as the U.S. Open while winning the European Open in the same year. This highly talented rider, who easily gets some twenty feet of air time out of the halfpipe while constantly grabbing his tricks from exit to reentry, capitalizes from his skateboarding skills. Ayumu's father runs his own surf shop and skate park. As a result, being only five years old, Ayumu competed in his first events.
Ayumu is your standard definition of a prodigy, a person with exceptional talents, and we’re looking forward to see to what his silent mystique brings to the halfpipe in Sochi.
- 2013 FIS World Cup, Cardona, NZ – 1st
- 2013 Artic Challenge, SUI – 3rd
- 2013 Burton US Open of Snowboarding – 2nd
- 2013 Burton European Open – 1st
- 2013 X Games, Aspen, CO –2nd
- 2012 Burton High Fives – 1st
- 2011 Burton US Junior Open – 1st
Things To Know:
1. Splits his time between Colorado and Japan.
2. Ayumu trains under the wing of countrymen and acclaimed snowboarder Kazuhiro Kokubo, but he says his inspiration to ride well is his older brother Eiju.
3. When in Japan, Ayumu can be found shredding the park and pipe at Yokone Resort.
4. Ayumu is also an accomplished vert skateboarder, and his family owns a skatepark in Japan.