Takeshi Yasutoko turned pro when he was only nine years old and made the podiums of the world’s biggest vert events his second home ever since. Him and his brother Eito are considered the best vert riders on earth, out of any sport. But even though he’s got blades on his feet since more than two decades, we know surprisingly little about Takeshi. Next to countless other non-blading sponsors, he is supported by Good Skates, Valo and Create Originals, he is from Osaka and he recently joined the Nitro Circus shows in Japan, that’s most of what we know about him. Time to find out a little more.

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Text: Johannes Jacobi
Photos: Kom Crew

Top 5 things people don’t know about you
– I don’t like roller coasters
– I’m afraid of heights
– I´m sentimental
– I can’t eat hot food
– I got married in November 2014 (Now you know. I’m a very happy person)

Top 5 ways to describe yourself
– I grow up with Rollerblading, it is everything for me
– I´m a positive person
– I don’t swim with the stream.
– I hate to lose
– Easily flattered

Top 5 things about Osaka
– Very good food
– Bad traffic
– Vibrant city
– Osaka castle
– Polite people

Top 5 things to become good at blading
– Set high goals
– Train your imagination
– Watch your own blading
– Practice until you land your tricks clean.
– Pursue one trick

Top 5 best things about traveling
– Getting to know other cultures
– Meeting new friends.
– Widens your own horizon
– Makes you appreciate your home country
– Shapes your character

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Top 5 words to describe Eito Yasutoko
– Hard worker
– Honest
– In anticipation of the future
– Good father (he has two boys)
– Good painter

Top 5 ways to annoy Eito Yasutoko
– hmm…Nothing much.
– Because,
– he
– is
– my big brother

Top 5 bladers of all time
– Chris Edwards
– Cesar Mora
– Ichi“Rocket”Komori (He is a legendary vert skater in Japan)
– Matt Salerno
– Eito Yasutoko

Top 5 favorite bladers when you were 13
– Chris Edwards
– Cesar Mora
– Aaron Feinberg
– Blake Dennis
– Randy Spizer

Top 5 places to visit before you die
– Greate Pyramid of Giza
– Venice, Italy
– Peru, Machu Picchu.
– France, Mont Saint-Michel
– Space

Top 5 things about blading
– We need more competitions
– We need more Vert riders from the USA

Top 5 most played on your iTunes?
– The BONEZ
– Foo Fighters
– RIZE
– Rancid
– and more!!

Top 5 foods
– Okonomiyaki
– Takoyaki
– Yakisoba
– Sushi
– Ramen

Top 5 countries
– Difficult to choose… I like it everywhere!

Top 5 blading photos on your wall as a kid
– Chris Edwards
– Arlo Eisenberg
– Cesar Mora
– Manuel Billris
– Rene Hulgreen

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Top 5 ways to spent 5$
– Buy a
– coffee
– and
– a snack
– and relax

Top 5 worst injuries
– Cut my left knee ligament.
– Broke three teeth.
– Sorry, that’s just the two I had

Top 5 people
– Father
– Mother
– Brother
– All Friends
– All bladers

Top 5 items to take on tour
– Amulet
– Camera
– PC
– Headphone
– Medicine for digestion

Top 5 cities
– Kobe (my hometown)
– Paris
– London
– Sydney
– Reunion Island

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About The Author

Johannes Jacobi
Editor in chief

Organiser of Winterclash / Summerclash, Co-Founder of Blading.info and Editor-in-Chief of Be-Mag (print&online).