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Kohei Kudo ~ Halfpipe

Photograph By Courtesy of Burton

Kohei Kudo grew up ripping the legendary powder in his homeland of Hokkaido, Japan. He has made the pursuit of pillow lines a priority over the last two seasons, filming with Kazu Kokubo's Stonp crew and a group of Japanese riders who call themselves the Seven Samurai.

Kudo was the TTR World Snowboard Tour halfppe champion in 2011, after a season that included a win at the Burton Canadian Open and a third place finish at the Burton U.S. Open behind Kokubo and Iouri Podladtchikov, but he was mostly missing in action for the 2013-2014. Wonder what he's been up to? Have a look at the snow reports back in Hokkaido this season and stay tuned for the forthcoming Stonp film, "Stonp or Die 3."