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Kenta Iijima

Totsuka, Japan [Japanese]


1991年に16才で単身渡米。カリフォルニア・サンディエゴに移住。 アメリカでFOCUS SKATE(Team Hosoi)と契約を結び、日本人初のプロスケーターとしてシグネチャーモデルをリリース。10年以上にわたり、カリフォルニアを拠点に活動、ローカルスケーターらと親交を深め、幅広い人脈を築く。

帰国後、デッキブランド「KEEPER SKATE」設立し、ライダー兼チームマネージャーに就任。


In 1991, Kenta Iijima moved to San Diego, California by himself at the age of 16 where he signed a contract with FOCUS SKATE (Team Hosoi) and was the first Japanese professional skater to release a signature model in the US.  Based in California for more than 10 years, he established deep friendships with the local skaters and built a broad network of personal connections.

After returning to Japan, he established the deck brand “KEEPER SKATE” and assumed a role of a rider and team manager. He conducted activities to promote skateboarding, such as holding skating schools at the Yokohama Port Festival.

Currently, with his origin Yokohama as the base, he is energetically working for the development of the skateboard industry, such as holding a skate school for children with local skaters, having set up a 4 m wide, 90 cm high ramp at his home and advising the city on skate park design, making use of his experience and personal connections from the US.


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