Surfing is a global sport and that's one of the things I love most about it - getting to experience different cultures, meet different people and share waves with them around the world. I consider myself very fortunate to have been able to travel internationally through surfing since I was very young. Growing up in Huntington Beach and surfing through the amateur and professional systems here has made me who I am as a surfer. I have so much support and love from fans and sponsors here in the USA and America will always be part of who I am. I am very appreciative of all that I've been given and I want to thank everyone who has supported me on the way. The opportunity to represent Japan on the Championship Tour and potentially in the Olympics is a huge honor and one I am proud to accept. Being able to work with Asian countries as they develop their own unique surf cultures is a really exciting prospect for me and I'll take everything I have learned around the world, and definitely here in America, as I take on this new challenge. Thank you to everyone who continues to support me and onward and upward in 2018 and beyond.