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Kanoa Igarashi Keeps His Late-Season Climb Going

Kanoa Igarashi's 2017 season -- his second on Tour -- hasn't been nearly as smooth as his rookie year. Last year he set a remarkable record by not losing once in Round Two, which means he survived his entire rookie season without a 25th-place finish. Unfortunately, this season has been a different story; he's suffered through five Round Two losses. Not surprisingly, he's hit the Qualifying Series (QS) hard to back up his cause, which has paid off. His win at the Vans US Open of Surfing - Men's QS helped propel him into the Top 10 on the QS.

Igarashi Steps It Up
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The second-year pro is making a big late-season push up the Jeep Leaderboard with another Quarterfinal appearance.

Igarashi may not need his QS ranking though. For the second time this season he's now into the Quarterfinals thanks to his blistering performance in Round Four at the MEO Rip Curl Pro Portugal. Though he entered the event ranked No. 24 on the Jeep Leaderboard, one spot shy of the cutoff, he's sure to jump a few after this one.

Kanoa Igarashi (USA) won his heat 9 Round Two at MEO Rip Curl Pro Portugal 2017 in Peniche, Portugal Igarashi has been looking good in the punchy peaks of Portugal. WSL / Laurent Masurel
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