Though pint-sized, Ayumu Hirano is on the verge of becoming a powerhouse in snowboarding. A protégé to another Japanese talent, Kazu Kokubo, the influence that Kazu is having on Ayumu is clearly working because what this kid can do on a snowboard at only 14 years old is extraordinary, and it paints a very graphic picture of the future of snowboarding. The kid is flying 20 feet out of the pipe now, so what tricks will he be doing when he outgrows his nickname ‘Little Mumu?’ He splits his year between Japan and the boardsports epicenter of San Clemente, Calif., where he skates man-sized vert ramps with man-sized ability alongside his older brother, Eiju. When Ayumu isn´t chilling in SoCal, he´s back home riding the park and pipe at Yokone Resort learning new tricks at a dizzying rate. He´s also got an indoor skatepark in Murakami where he can be found flipping and spinning his days away. In the past two years Mumu has won the prestigious US Open Junior halfpipe title, where he soared head and shoulders above his peers. It is also an event widely known as the place to see the best young talent; snowboarding´s farm league for future pros. For Ayumu, that future dream is almost certainly guaranteed, and considering how fast he´s progressing, it will surely be sooner than later.