It's only early April, and it's already been a busy year for professional FMX rider Taka Higashino. In January, Higashino left longtime sponsor Metal Mulisha to join Jeremy "Twitch" Stenberg on the Famous Stars and Straps team, and just after making the switch, the Osaka, Japan native hit the road on the 2012 Nuclear Cowboyz tour. Nuclear Cowboyz hits Ontario, Calif. this week, followed by Mexico City later in the month, and then it's open comp season for Higashino. Before we get too far ahead of ourselves though, we caught up with Higashino on his adopted home turf in Southern California for a good old fashioned ride session. Look for Taka to be making his mark on X Games 18 later this year, and follow him on Twitter to stay updated.