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 out 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. And with Igarashi set to represent Japan at the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympic Games, it seems their gamble has well and truly paid off.
Speaking very little English, they settled in 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 Championship 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.
In 2019 the affable natural footer broke through his for his maiden CT victory at the Corona Bali Protected held in perfect waves at Keramas. Igarashi, who holds dual citizenship, is proudly representing Japan on the global stage and will be the host nation’s biggest chance for Gold at the Olympic Games. That will make him an even more household name there, having starred in a reality TV show since the age of 11. Japanese TV has been following him while on the Championship Tour, and he’s gaining fame in China, Taiwan, and Korea.
Men's CT 2019#6
Avg. heat score12.01
|Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast||9th||3,320||Conner Coffin|
|Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach||9th||3,320||Jordy Smith|
|Corona Bali Protected||1st||10,000||None|
|Margaret River Pro||9th||3,320||Ryan Callinan|
|Oi Rio Pro||5th||4,745||Filipe Toledo|
|Corona Open J-Bay||5th||4,745||Italo Ferreira|
|Tahiti Pro Teahupo'o||17th||1,330||Jadson Andre|
|Freshwater Pro||9th||3,320||Gabriel Medina|
|Quiksilver Pro France||17th||1,330||Jack Freestone|
|MEO Rip Curl Pro Portugal||3rd||6,085||Jordy Smith|
|Billabong Pipe Masters||17th||1,330||Soli Bailey|
|Year||Rank||Points||Events||Heats||Max heat score||Best result|
First season2012 Men's JUN
Age22 Oct 1, 1997
Height5 ft, 11 in 180 cm
Weight171 lbs 78 kg
HometownHuntington Beach, California, USA