Taka Higashino

Japan

Moto X
Osaka, JPN
03/13/85

Medal Count

3Gold

1Silver

1Bronze

Comp History

X Games Los Angeles 2013 MTX Freestyle1st
X Games Foz do Iguaçu 2013 MTX Freestyle1st
X Games Foz do Iguaçu 2013 MTX Best Whip5th
X Games Los Angeles 2012 MTX Best Trick2nd
X Games Los Angeles 2012 MTX Freestyle1st
X Games 2011 MTX Best Trick4th
X Games 2011 MTX Freestyle4th
X Games 2010 MTX Best Trick3rd
X Games 2010 MTX Freestyle10th
X Games 2009 MTX Freestyle9th
X Games 2008 MTX Freestyle10th
X Games 2007 MTX Freestyle10th

Other Competitions

May, 2014 Red Bull X*FightersMTX Freestyle8th
Oct, 2013 Dew Tour Triple ThreatMTX Freestyle3rd
Jun, 2013 Red Bull X*FightersMTX Freestyle1st
May, 2013 Red Bull X*FightersMTX Freestyle3rd

Athlete Bio

Taka has many firsts at X Games: In 2007, he became the first Japanese athlete to compete in an X Games MTX event. In 2010, he became the first Japanese MTX competitor to medal, earning Best Trick bronze. And in 2012, he made history again as the first Japanese with Freestyle gold. Oh, and he landed a first-in-competition trick, too: The Rock Solid backflip. In 2013, Taka was the most dominant freestyle competitor in the world. He won his third straight Freestyle gold in LA, becoming the only competitor besides Travis Pastrana to do it thrice. While his 2014 X Games bid was derailed because of weather, Higashino returns to the roster again in 2015 -- this time for the inaugural Quarterpipe competition.

You Don't Say?

  • Taka claimed Gold at X Games Foz do Iguacu 2013 and also won X Games Freestyle gold in 2012, becoming the the first Japanese Moto X competitor to win gold at X Games. The five-time X Games medalist is making his 8th appearance at Austin 2015.