Photo: Blake Jorgenson
Movie of the Year: Kamikazu
Recipient of the Riders' Poll 20 Movie of the Year award, Kamikazu is the cinematic product of its star's vision. Working with Justin Hare to capture the footage and Jeremy Pettit to edit it, Kazu Kozubo directed the film comprised of a cast he hand-picked. Kamikazu documents some of the best backcountry freestyle riding ever captured, by a diverse list of riders. From Keegan Valaika's loose and skatey style, to Blair Habenicht's powerful approach, this eclectic riding is captured in locations around the globe. Kokubo favored a session-based approach to filming—riding the backcountry in the way one would skate a park with friends. It translates well in the final result, which resonated well with viewers. Up against an incredibly tough roster of competition for Movie of the Year, Kamikazu was the catalyst for Kokubo being crowned Rider of the Year. Within the snowboard industry, the signature film project is gaining more traction each season, and of riders deserving of such Kazu Kokubo sits at the top of the list. No one should have had any doubt going into it, but after its completion this is more apparent than ever. Congratulations, Kazu and crew.
About Riders’ Poll: For 20 years, TransWorld SNOWboarding has polled the professional snowboarding community to find their picks for the best riders of the year. Each season, these awards are decided by the opinions of over 100 pros. While TransWorld SNOWboarding hosts the awards, the winners are truly a reflection of peer acknowledgement—the highest honor any rider can receive.