Metal Mulisha rider celebrates dominating year that included two wins in September and X Games silver medal

Irvine, Calif. (October 11, 2010) – Following a monster year that included an X Games bronze medal and recent win at the Dew Tour, Metal Mulisha rider Taka Higashino was named Breakout FMXer of the Year at the annual Transworld Motocross Awards.

Surrounded by FMX riders and industry leaders at the Grove in Anaheim, Calif, Taka beat out Mulisha teammate Cameron Sinclair and Andre Villa to take home the honor. Both Taka and Sinclair also finished in the top three of the Best Trick event at this year’s X Games 16 in Los Angeles.

Following the X Games bronze medal, Taka then confirmed his Breakout award with a huge September, winning at the Red Bull XRAY in Australia and Dew Tour win in Salt Lake City, beating out some of the biggest names in FMX.

“This award is a great honor for me and my team, and it has definitely been a year to remember,” said Taka. “I’m proud to be nominated with my teammate Cam, who had a great season, too. Next year, I’m looking to improve even more and take FMX Rider of the Year.”

The 25-year-old from Osaka, Japan enjoyed a consistent year as a competitor and has quickly become a fan favorite with his energetic style and carefree personality. He has become one of the more recognizable members of the Mulisha team, along with founder Brian Deegan, Sinclair and Jeremy ‘Twitch’ Stenberg, who shares a home with Taka in Temecula, Calif.

The Transworld Motocross Awards are chosen and voted on by a panel, including Transworld Motocross editors and members of the AFMXA Board. Along with the Breakout FMXer award, other categories included Racer Rookie of the Year, Female Racer of the Year, FMX Rider of the Year and Racer of the Year.

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About Metal Mulisha

Known for winning gold medals, breaking world records, and turning industry tradition upside down through the sport of freestyle motocross, pro riders Brian Deegan and Larry Linkogle launched Metal Mulisha Clothing in 1999. What began as a group of friends riding dirt bikes in Metal Mulisha gear and competing to see who could do the best tricks has grown into one of the most recognized and respected brands in action sports. Metal Mulisha speaks the language of nonconformity with distinctive apparel that includes graphic tees, jerseys, boardshorts, fleece, tanks, denim and accessories; and encourages

guys and girls to “join the domination.”

Today, the Metal Mulisha lifestyle continues to expand, launching product collaborations with major brands like Rock Star Energy and Etnies, and introducing new product categories each year. With strong distribution in the U.S., Canada, and Australia, Metal Mulisha can be found at over 2000 retailers worldwide. For more information, check out

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