Freestyle Skateboarding has always attracted athletes from a very young age. From Ruben Van Tuil and Simon Mrozinski to the incredible Rodney Mullen, young freestylers have been able to develop over the years and make a real impact on the sport.
In 2013, we look to a new generation of freestylers. Breaking out from the Japanese freestyle skateboarding scene, Isamu Yamamoto is an up and coming freestyler with the world at his feet.
Isamu has been skating since he was only 8 years old and has developed a unique blend of traditional freestyle and park skateboarding that helps him stand out in competitions.
Starting his journey into competitive freestyle skateboarding in 2011, Isamu experienced success early on in his freestyle career, winning the Best Trick event at the All Japan Freestyle Skateboard Contest with a crossfoot railflip.
From this first contest, Isamu has continued to develop his skills in both freestyle and park skateboarding, developing a unique style and mixed trickbag along the way. His development has been excellently documented by his supportive family, each video showing more and more progression.
Going into 2012, Isamu began crafting full freestyle routines and skating with genuine legends of the sport. Starting with a 15th Place run in the first All Japan Freestyle Skateboard Contest of the year, he progressed rapidly through the ranks, ending the year with a strong 5th place ranking against many more experienced skaters.
2013 is proving to be a strong year for Isamu. In the first Japanese freestyle contest of he year, The Megane Cup 2, Isamu took first place in not one, but two divisions. He has continued to participate in Japanese freestyle jams and contests throughout the year, documenting every step in his journey.
Isamu truly is an embodiment of freestyle skateboarding. He skates to share his creative mind with the world, share his dedication to his craft and, above all, have fun. Keep an eye out for him over the years (especially if you’re looking to sponsor!) as Isamu will only continue to develop his own skills and freestyle skateboarding overall.
All Japan Freestyle Skateboard Contest 2011 (Best Trick) – 1st
MEGANE cup 2012 (Kids Class) – 1st
First All Japan Freestyle Skateboard Contest 2012 (B Class) – 15th
YY Contest 2012 (B Class) – 3rd
Final All Japan Freestyle Skateboard Contest (Amateur) – 5th
MEGANE cup 2013 (Kids Class) – 1st
MEGANE cup 2013 (Open Class) – 1st
MEGANE cup 2013 (Pro/Am) – 3rd