The first to formally surf for Japan on the Championship Tour, the 20-year-old hopes to surf for his home country in the 2020 Olympics.
Just don't call them dark horses.
California's positive vibe warrior is making his return to the Championship Tour after surviving a serious QS grind.
The 2017 World Title race went down to the wire on Oahu's North Shore thanks to great performances from tour rivals Gabriel Medina and John
Jeremy Flores vs. Kanoa Igarashi
Kanoa Igarashi vs. Italo Ferreira
Kanoa Igarashi (USA) placed 1st in Quarters Four at Billabong Pipe Masters 2017 in Pipe Oahu, Hawaii , USA
Kanoa Igarashi of Japan is defeated in semifinal heat 2 of the Billabong Pipe Masters 2017 in Pipe, Oahu, Hawaii, USA
Jordy Smith, Kanoa Igarashi, Frederico Morais and Seth Moniz kick off Round 3 action at Sunset Beach.
Watch Kanoa Igarashi, Tiago Pires, Kai Otton and Alex Ribeiro surf for points and prestige in Haleiwa.
Watch Italo Ferreira, Kanoa Igarashi, Tomas Hermes and Timothee Bisso kick off the Round 3 action at the Hawaiian Pro.