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Bryan Iguchi: Wild Californian

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Written by: MacGillivray Freeman Films
Date: Oct 2001

Pro Snowboarder Bryan Iguchi, from Adventures in Wild CA.

  

Category: Stories

Job: Professional Snowboarder

Passion: The Mountains

Dream: To live and move in harmony with the natural environment

Editor's Note: Bryan Iguchi is the snowboarder featured in MacGillivray Freeman Films' ADVENTURES IN WILD CALIFORNIA. Like others in the film, he embodies the California spirit.

Bryan Iguchi is one of America's premier professional snowboarders, one of those rare risk-takers who flows down snow as if he was born to grace. Iguchi is a California native, raised in the San Fernando Valley, where he learned to skateboard and to surf. Later he transferred his balance skills to the slopes, falling in love with snowboarding at age 15. He quickly made his way to the snowboard parks of California's Snow Summit, Big Bear, as well as some trips to the Colorado mountains. He joined the Burton Snowboards team in 1992 and quickly made an impact with his riding and image.

In snowboarding circles Bryan Iguchi is known simply as "The Guch." He made his name by performing aggressive, technical moves on the International Halfpipe Circuit, nailing many top ten finishes in competition. He has also made his mark on the snowboarding world as a product development consultant to Burton Snowboards, using his intensive knowledge of the snowboarding experience to create better equipment.

Iguchi has snowboarded all over the world, has appeared in many snowboarding magazine features, has been spotlighted in several popular snowboarding films and videos and has appeared on MTV's infamous "Big Air" festival. He recently moved to Jackson Hole, Wyoming to explore backcountry snowboarding, traveling by snowmobile to remote areas looking for steep lines and new challenges. During the past six months he has traveled to New Zealand to star in a snowboarding movie (Cinemasoane's "Haakon Faktor"), participated in a promotional tour of Japan and Chile, and managed to get in an early season snowboarding session at Mammoth Mountain in California.

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