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Taku Hiraoka ~ Halfpipe

Photograph By Courtesy of Burton

Judges looking for amplitude on every wall of the pipe have been fanning out on Taku Hiraoka this season. The 2014 World Snowboard Tour Halfpipe Champion, Hiraoka also won bronze for Japan in Sochi, took second at the Burton U.S. Open and won the Burton High Fives event in New Zealand last summer. Not too shabby.