Hirano Brothers Join Kazu Kokubo, Taka Higashino and Ookii Co Management

San Clemente, CA (USA) May 18, 2011

Ookii Co LLC, an athlete management and marketing firm announced today that it has signed snow and skateboard phenoms, Eijyu Hirano (15) and his younger brother, Ayumu (12).

The Hirano’s exploded onto the international scene this March with Eijyu taking a respectful 7th place at this year’s Burton US Open of Snowboarding, followed by the younger Ayumu with a Junior US Open win and 13th place finish in the US Open, just ahead of Global Open Series Champion, Peetu Piiroinen.

Eijyu and Ayumu will join their fellow countrymen, two-time Japanese Olympian and current reigning and two-time US Open of Snowboarding champion, Kazu Kokubo along with Dew Tour winner and X Games medalist, FMX rider, Taka Higashino on the Ookii Co roster.

“Kazu, Nori (Watanabe) and I had been talking about adding more athletes to the Ookii team and the first names they both threw out were Ayumu and Eijyu. Not only were they young and ridiculously talented on snowboards, but equally talented at skating. I held reservations until I actually saw them skate and was blown away. It reminded me a lot of a young Danny Way and Colin McKay” says Carl Harris, Ookii’s President.

“After having spent some time with the boys and their family in Japan as well as consulting their existing sponsor Burton, we all agreed it was a perfect fit for everyone. Kazu has really taken on a mentor role with the boys and with so much success so early in his career, I don’t think you could find a better teacher, not just in riding a snowboard, but how to be a professional athlete and great person” adds Harris.

About Ookii Co

Ookii Co is a full service athlete management and marketing firm located in San Clemente, California USA. With over 23 years of Action Sports Marketing, Events and Entertainment experience, Ookii Co has established itself as a leader in its field.

For additional information please contact Carl Harris at Carl@OokiiCo.com