Last Words with Shota Tezuka

The Japanese export is one of the most popular riders

Shota carving things up behind the PWT edition Supra SA 550.Garrett Cortese

Shota Tezuka first started making a name for himself almost ten years ago as a camper at Sean O'Brien's wakeboarding school. He was a tiny Japanese kid who spoke zero English, but caught attention for his uncanny ability to get huge air. Even then he was already charging into double ups and boosting like he had springs in his legs. These days that big air amplitude and smooth-flowing style are what have made Shota one of the most popular riders in the game, especially at the Supra Boats Pro Wakeboard Tour. Shota is one of the coolest and funniest guys in wakeboarding, so we figured we should check in and see what some of his "lasts" have been.

Shota just won big in Brazil and he's looking to carry that momentum into the second PWT stop in Acworth, Georgia.Garrett Cortese

Last song you listened to: LL Cool J - "Paradise" ft. Amerie Last movie you saw in theaters: "Limitless" Last drive-thru food you bought: Starbucks Last trick you crashed really hard on: wrapped back 7 Last picture you took on your phone: Old style Ford

Apparently Shota likes going big on his wakeboard and the Starbucks drive-thru.Garrett Cortese

Last time you were really nervous: First stop of the PWT this year.Last joke that made you laugh really hard: It's not really a joke, but Jeff Langley always calls Mizuki by my name, it's really funny. Yes, we're both Japanese, but we don't even look alike.

Another signature "Yew!" moment for Shota.Garrett Cortese

Last new trick you learned: Toeside 540 to rewind Last person you were on the boat with: Tony Carroll Last person you said "Yew!" to: Parker Siegele Last place you flew to: Brazil Last thing you said in Japanese: "Umai," which means "good." Last time you puked: Last weekend... I won the contest in Brazil... we celebrated...

Shota recently signed with O'Brien wakeboards and has been rocking the classic Valhalla shape. It seems to be working just fine for him.Garrett Cortese