Japan's Ayumu Hirano withdraws from Men's Snowboard SuperPipe competition at X Games Tignes due to flu
XGames.com caught up with Ayumu Hirano after the U.S. Open finals for more on how he got from there to here, and where he's headed next.
Shaun White cruised through the sun-splashed halfpipe at a leisurely pace, sending sprays of snow at the cheering crowd lining the sides.
The next generation of pipe snowboarding charged ahead at the 2013 Burton European Open on Friday.
When he's not sleeping, young Japanese snowboarder Ayumu Hirano is making his mark as the "coolest kid in the pipe."
According to Kazu Kokubo, 13-year-old Ayumu Hirano is going to be the one to beat Shaun White
Clark and Podladtchikov qualify first in U.S. Open halfpipe semifinals