Mizuki Takahashi is one of the best Japanese riders I've ever had the pleasure of meeting. He’s a super nice dude and has some ninja like skills and grab variations! It's been too long since I had time to catch up with him and check out some of his latest tricks, but we finally got together and the result is this edit. Have a look for yourself!
MT: 21 years
WW: Years riding?
MT: 13 years
WW: When did you move here from Japan?
WW: What's the biggest difference between living here vs. there?
MT: Biggest difference is food! I would say in Japan you can get a lot more fresh foods than in America and there's not much processed food there.
WW: What's the wake scene like there vs. here?
MT: Wake scene is a lot bigger in the USA and it’s getting bigger in Japan.
WW: Do you miss living back home?
MT: Not as much as I used to because I lived here long enough and feels like it’s home country here.
WW: How often do you visit Japan?
MT: I go back there once or twice a year.
WW: Favorite place to ride?
MT: I like riding at Freedom Wake Park and on Clear Lake.
WW: Favorite food?
MT: Favorite food is Raman, Pasta, slow cooked brisket, everything!
WW: Favorite rider?
MT: I like watching Maxim Van Helvoort, Josh Twelker.
WW: Best results from last year?
MT: Won in first season of Pro Card.
WW: Plans for the new season?
MT: I want to grow this sport and share how fun this sport is to more people!
WW: New tricks you want to learn this year?
MT: Toe 10 and double tantrum.
WW: Favorite place traveled?
MT: I don’t have a favorite place yet, so I want to see more what is out there in this world.
WW: Favorite past time when not wakeboarding?
MT: I like going to surfing with Cobe Mikacich and Daniel Miles and karaoke!
WW: Who do you look up to?
MT: I think Fynn Bullock is one of the very talented riders!
WW: Where do you see yourself in five years?
MT: I hope I’m still involved to wakeboarding industry but if not, I will be in Japan.
WW: Special thanks to anyone, sponsors?
MT: Special thanks to Cobe and Tarah for greatest hospitality and coaching and all the help, and Daniel Miles for laugh and the fun time! Tony Carroll for being the best roommate and you are like my older brother! Sponsors, O’Brien, Freedom Wake Park, Tommy’s, Northwest Riders and Drop’N Fill for keeping me motivated and providing the best product for me to grown up myself as a person and the rider.