If you factor in his height to air ratio, this might be the biggest backside air ever. Ayumu Hirano. PHOTO: Shem Roose

If you factor in his height to air ratio, this might be the biggest backside air ever. Ayumu Hirano. PHOTO: Shem Roose


It’s rumored that this twelve-year old Burton rider from Niigata, Japan actually qualified into the ten final spots for pros before judges realized he was in the Junior age bracket. Whether true or not, he still put down a few jaw dropping poacher runs during the finals and man, we wouldn’t be surprised to see Ayumu on the pro podium next year … at the ripe old age of 13.