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Ayumu Hirano – Better than Shaun White at 12?

Japanese young gun Ayumu Hirano blew everyones mind when he poached a few halfpipe runs at this years Burton US Open 2011 in Stratton. The 12 year old didn’t make it into mens finals but instead won the junior jam going absolutely huge. Compare this to a 12 year old Shaun White and you might have an idea of what the future will bring for snowboarding.

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