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Country: Japan Hometown: Miki, Hyogo Date of Birth: May 18, 1996 Stance: Regular Team: Ride Sponsors: Oakley, Red Bull, Ride Snowboards
A Big Air specialist that knows how to maintain style while maxing out on corked spins, Yuki Kadono represents Japan’s strongest competitor outside of the pipe. Unlike so many riders in today’s triple cork era, Kadono does not fall victim to the loss of expression in the air in exchange for bigger tricks. For Kadono, spinning switch triple cork 1620s are a thing of style and grabbed melon before stomped with lasting finesse. Kadono has been competing since 2010, and has known the taste of victory well over the years. Discovering early he was an elite rider in his home nation, Kadono found international glory soon thereafter. A three-time Air + Style champion(’12,’15,’16), the 2013 FIS World Cup Spain Slopestyle the 2015 Slopestyle winner of the Burton US Open and the defending 2016 X Games Oslo Big Air champ—Kadono’s domination of the space is just getting started.