Yuto Horigome (skateboarder)

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Yuto Horigome
Personal information
Full nameYuto Horigome
Born (1999-01-07) January 7, 1999 (age 20)
Kōtō, Tokyo, Japan
ResidenceLos Angeles, California[1]
Height5 ft 7 in (170 cm)
Weight121 lb (55 kg)
Sport
Country Japan
SportSkateboarding
Event(s)Street skateboarding
Park skateboarding
Turned pro2019

Yuto Horigome (堀米 雄斗, Horigome Yūto, born January 7, 1999) is a goofy-footed Japanese professional skateboarder. Horigome is a member of the SLS "9 Club" meaning he has landed a trick in the Street League competition that judges scored an average of 9 or better. Horigome's trick was a nollie 270 switch backside tailslide scoring 9.1.[4][5][6][7][8][9][10]

Personal life[edit]

Horigome was born in Tokyo, Japan. He has two younger brothers. Horigome started skating when he was seven years old. He started skating in the local Amazing Square Murasaki Skatepark in Tokyo, Japan. He went skating with his father, a former street skateboarder, who taught Horigomi how to ride a skateboard. Since the age of 14, Horigome has been coming to the United States on several skate trips. Due to all the traveling, Horigome finished Japanese high school from a virtual online school. When in the United States, Horigome stays at friend's places, including pro skateboarder Micky Papa, in Los Angeles, United States. Horigome stays in the United States in winter periods due to the cold season in Japan. When first coming to the United States, Horigome almost knew no English, but over time he has learned much of the language with help from Micky Papa.[11] Since Horigome's move to United States, he has been competing in numerous American skateboarding events such as Tampa Am and Dew Tour, as well as participating in filming parts.[12][13]

Professional skateboarding[edit]

Career[edit]

By an early age, Horigome got sponsored by a Japanese board company. Because of his talent at an early age, Horigome wanted to try his luck in the United States. In 2015, Horigome entered the skate contest Wild In The Parks held by Volcom and The Berrics held in Los Angeles. Horigome finished 2nd. In Los Angeles, he stayed at a filmer's place and went out filming some skating parts alongside with Micky Papa, who was at that time sponsored by Blind Skateboards. Soon after, Micky Papa talked to the team manager and Horigome joined the Blind Skateboards team in 2015. In January 2019, Horigome left the Blind Skateboards team. In May 2019, Horigome joined April Skateboards, owned by pro skater Shane O'Neill, who turned Horigome pro.[14][15][16][17]

World Skateboarding Ranking[edit]

Horigome is currently (as of July 30, 2019) ranked 2nd on the World Skate Ranking (Street) with 62,480 points. The ranking is currently topped by Nyjah Huston with 67,080 points.[18]

Sponsorships[edit]

As of August 2019, Horigome is sponsored by Nike SB, April Skateboards, Venture and Spitfire.[19]

Personal honours[edit]

Horigome has been named as "Skater of the Year" at the Japan Action Sports Awards in 2017[20] and 2018.[21]

Contest history[edit]

Yuto Horigome's contest history:[22]

Place Event Host city Venue Date Entrants Discipline
1st, gold medalist(s) X Games Minneapolis ( USA) U.S. Bank Stadium 2019-08-03 10 Street
2nd, silver medalist(s) X Games Minneapolis ( USA) U.S. Bank Stadium 2019-08-04 9 Street Best Trick
1st, gold medalist(s) Street League Los Angeles ( USA) Galen Center 2019-07-29 8 Street
3rd, bronze medalist(s) X Games Shanghai ( China) Shanghai International Resort 2019-06-01 10 Street
8th Street League World Championships Rio de Janeiro ( Brazil) Carioca Arena 1 2019-01-12 8 Street
1st, gold medalist(s) Street League Huntington Beach ( USA) Vans Off The Wall Skatepark 2018-12-16 8 Street
6th World Skateboarding Championship Nanjing ( China) Longjiang Skatepark 2018-11-02 8 Park
5th X Games Sydney ( Australia) Sydney Showground 2018-10-21 10 Street
2nd, silver medalist(s) CPH OPEN Berlin ( Germany) Berlin Skatehalle 2018-08-11 11 Street
4th X Games Minneapolis ( USA) U.S. Bank Stadium 2018-07-22 8 Street
1st, gold medalist(s) Street League Los Angeles ( USA) Galen Center 2018-07-07 8 Street
1st, gold medalist(s) Dew Tour Long Beach ( USA) Long Beach Convention Center 2018-07-01 8 Street
1st, gold medalist(s) Street League London ( UK) Copper Box Arena 2018-05-27 8 Street
4th X Games Oslo ( Norway) Telenor Arena 2018-05-20 8 Street
10th Tampa Pro Tampa ( USA) Skatepark of Tampa 2018-03-05 12 Street
9th X Games Minneapolis ( USA) U.S. Bank Stadium 2017-07-16 10 Street
2nd, silver medalist(s) Street League Munich ( Germany) Olympic Park 2017-06-26 8 Street
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Dew Tour Long Beach ( USA) Long Beach Convention Center 2017-06-16 6 Street
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Street League Barcelona ( Spain) Skate Agora 2017-05-20 8 Street
1st, gold medalist(s) Oi STU OPEN Rio de Janeiro ( Brazil) Skatepark da Praça Duó 2017-04-30 3 Street
2nd, silver medalist(s) COWTOWN'S PHXAM Phoenix ( USA) Desert West Skateboard Plaza 2017-03-26 12 Street
2nd, silver medalist(s) Simple Session Tallinn ( Estonia) Saku Suurhall 2017-02-05 63 Street
4th Tampa Am Tampa ( USA) Skatepark of Tampa 2016-11-13 12 Street
2nd, silver medalist(s) FISE World Series Chengdu ( China) South Park 2016-10-30 12 Street
8th Damn Am Woodward West Tehachapi ( USA) Woodward West Skatepark 2014-10-05 12 Street

Videography[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Skateboarding: Japan's Horigome rides into Tokyo Olympic medal contention". Mainichi Daily News. 2018-12-08.
  2. ^ "Yuto Horigome's official X Games athlete biography".
  3. ^ "Yuto Horigome Profile Bio: Ranking, Photos, Video Global Rank: 23rd Overall".
  4. ^ "Yuto Horigome". SLS - Street League Skateboarding. Retrieved 2019-08-01.
  5. ^ Meronek, Rob. "Yuto Horigome Profile Bio: Ranking, Photos, Video Global Rank: 24th Overall". TheBoardr. Retrieved 2019-08-01.
  6. ^ "Yuto Horigome Skateboarder Profile". SPoT Skate Shop at Skatepark of Tampa. Retrieved 2019-08-01.
  7. ^ NEWS, KYODO. "Skateboarding: Yuto Horigome wins L.A. round of men's SLS World Tour". Kyodo News+. Retrieved 2019-08-01.
  8. ^ "Who Will Yuto Horigome Skate for Now That He's Off Blind? ⋆ SKATE NEWSWIRE". SKATE NEWSWIRE. 2019-01-23. Retrieved 2019-08-01.
  9. ^ "Skateboarding: Japan's Horigome rides into Tokyo Olympic medal contention". Mainichi Daily News. 2018-12-08. Retrieved 2019-08-01.
  10. ^ "The 9 Club".
  11. ^ "The Yuto Horigome Interview".
  12. ^ "Yuto Horigome Profile Bio: Ranking, Photos, Video Global Rank: 23rd Overall".
  13. ^ "Yuto Horigome Interview: Speak Softly, and Carry a Big Stick". 2017-07-22.
  14. ^ "Yuto Horigome".
  15. ^ "Yuto Horigome – April Skateboards Pro Part".
  16. ^ "[Voice of Freedom] Yuto Horigome". 2016-08-08.
  17. ^ "Who Will Yuto Horigome Skate for Now That He's off Blind? ⋆ SKATE NEWSWIRE". 2019-01-23.
  18. ^ "Worldskate - Skateboarding & Roller Sports - Results - OLYMPIC WORLD SKATEBOARDING RANKING".
  19. ^ "Yuto Horigome Profile Bio: Ranking, Photos, Video Global Rank: 23rd Overall".
  20. ^ "Japan Action Sports Awards 2017 受賞者決定!!".
  21. ^ "Japan Action Sports Awards 2018 受賞者決定!!!".
  22. ^ "Yuto Horigome Profile Bio: Ranking, Photos, Video Global Rank: 23rd Overall".
  23. ^ "Yuto Horigome skater profile. Online skate videos and video parts by Yuto Horigome. | Skatevideosite". www.skatevideosite.com.
  24. ^ "UPDATE: Nike SB Releases Yuto Horigome's Pro Debut Part ⋆ SKATE NEWSWIRE". 2019-05-16.