19-Year-Old Challenge / Kanami Okuyama

Okuyama started snowboarding at the age of 10.
Now 19 years old, her snowboard life,
I asked him how he got started and what he's going to do next.

Q19: You are XNUMX years old now. How old were you when you started snowboarding?

Okuyama: I started when I was 10 years old.

QXNUMX: Is it your family's first time snowboarding?
After that, you have grown to the point where you are active as a professional player.

Okuyama: I went with my family.I used to compete in competitions on skateboards, so when I started snowboarding, the feeling of riding was similar to that of snowboarding, and I was able to get on it right away.


Q12: Won the All Japan Championship at the age of XNUMX!You have successfully acquired a professional qualification, but what kind of event is it?
Please tell me if there was a technique that was the deciding factor

Okuyama: The event is slopestyle.
Cab Five.

QXNUMX: You were promoted to pro in slopestyle!
After that, I heard that you have participated in the Youth Olympics and World Championships, and also in overseas competitions, but I think that being active on a big stage means that you will be included in a big item.

For example, for jumps, what is the largest size?

Okuyama: I jumped 22m at a professional camp held in Saas-Fee, Switzerland.

QXNUMX: Did you feel any fear at that time?
If so, please let me know how you overcame it.

Okuyama: Of course, I was afraid, but I won't know until I try, so let's try it first!I was flying with that feeling.



Q2022: You have been focusing on shooting since the XNUMX season, but what kind of activities are you doing?

I went to ski resorts with a professional photographer and had them film me skiing, which I uploaded to YouTube and used in ski resort commercials.

QXNUMX: Please tell us about your goals for future activities and riding, and if there are any things or techniques that you would like to challenge.

Okuyama: In the future, I would like to compete in domestic competitions and take on challenges such as the backcountry.
I would like to challenge a lot of techniques with a style that I have not tried yet.

QXNUMX: Lastly, do you have any advice for kids who are competing in tournaments aiming to acquire professional qualifications?

Even if you fail in practice or you can't win in competitions, don't give up.


Hanami Okuyama / Born August 2002, 8
■ Height/157cm ■ Stance/regular 49cm
■ Angle: 12 degrees in front, minus 9 degrees in back
■Snowboard history/ 10 years
■Home Mountain/Hanagasa Kogen, Hakuba 47
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■ Instagram/@kanamiokuyama