Our friend Taisuke Kusunoki is the breakout sensation who showed mad skills as he entered the Freeride World Qualifier 2017 in Hakuba, Japan. His performance boosted an astonishingly high level of action as he won the comp in great manners and secured a full wild card for the Freeride World Tour. Taisuke is originally from Osaka, a place were there´s barely any snow at all, but this wouldn´t stop him from pursuing his dream of becoming a freeskier. He started skiing by the age of 6 and from that moment he was completely hooked. It was mogul- and park riding that first fascinated him and with a lot of practice this made him an expert at managing a wide variation of slopes and conditions.