About

Kanoa Igarashi was born to be a pro surfer. His father Tsutomu “Tom” grew up surfing in Japan as a huge fan of the sport. When Tom and his wife Misa found on Kanoa was on the way, they up and moved to California with the singular goal of giving Kanoa a shot at his dad’s dream. Speaking very little English, they moved to Huntington Beach, California, which is globally known as Surf City USA. While they struggled to make ends meet, they began pushing Kanoa into waves at age three. Their tireless sacrifice paid off. Kanoa became a top ranked amateur, and qualified for the Tour in 2015. At the age of 18, he was the youngest rookie on Tour in 2016, but he raised eyebrows with the maturity of his approach. He collected more Round One wins than any surfer on Tour that year (he didn’t lose a single time before Round Three) and he shocked everyone with his remarkable runner-up finish at Pipeline. All the while, Igarashi hedged his bets on the Qualifying Series. He nabbed wins at the Hang Loose Pro and Pantin Classic in 2016, and in 2017 he took an emotional victory lap at the US Open of Surfing at his home break in Huntington Beach. He’s double qualified (requalifying throught the CT and QS) for two straight seasons and all signs point to him getting more dangerous with time. This year, Igarashi, who holds dual citizenship, is proudly representing Japan on the global stage, as he looks to surf for them during the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo. He’s already a household name there, having starred in a reality TV show since the age of 11. Japanese TV have been following him while on Tour, and he’s gaining fame in China, Taiwan and Korea.

Read more about Kanoa Igarashi
  • Men's CT 2018
    #17
  • Heat wins
    10
  • Avg. heat score
    11.33
  • Rookie year
    2016

Competition results

Men's Qualifying Series #39
Complete
Jul 30 - Aug 05, 2018
Place
1st
Defeated by
None
Men's Championship Tour #6
Complete
Jul 02 - 13, 2018
Place
3rd
Defeated by
Men's Qualifying Series #36
Complete
Jun 25 - Jul 01, 2018
Place
17th
Defeated by

Videos

News

Event results

NamePlacePointsPrize money
Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast9th3,700$14,700
Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach25th420$10,000
Oi Rio Pro9th3,700$14,700
Corona Bali Protected25th420$10,000
Uluwatu CT25th420$10,000
Corona Open J-Bay - Men's3rd6,085$30,000
Tahiti Pro Teahupo'o---

Career stats

YearRankPointsEventsHeatsMax heat scoreBest result
20181714,74572318.043rd 
20171727,200113817.003rd(x2)
20162024,250113618.032nd 
Kanoa Igarashi
Japan
Kanoa Igarashi
Japan
  • Stance
    Regular
  • First season
    2012 Men's JUN
  • Age
    20 Oct 1, 1997
  • Height
    5 ft, 11 in 180 cm
  • Weight
    165 lbs 75 kg
  • Hometown
    Huntington Beach, USA
World Surf League
Download it for free on the App store. Download it for free on Google Play.
Download
Download