About Kanoa Igarashi
Watch Kanoa Igarashi next at the Corona Open Mexico presented by Quiksilver August 10-19.
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 a 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 for his maiden CT victory at the Corona Bali Protected held in perfect waves at Keramas. He ended the year as the World No. 6 and booked a spot for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.
Igarashi, who holds dual citizenship, chose to represent Japan on the global stage and will be the host nation’s biggest chance for Gold. In a full-circle twist, the Olympic venue of Tsurigasaki Beach was first surfed by his father Tom.
Men's CT 2021#6
Avg. heat score11.10
|Year||Rank||Points||Events||Heats||Max heat score||Best result|
First season2012 Men's JUN
Age23 Oct 1, 1997
Height5 ft, 11 in 180 cm
Weight171 lbs 78 kg
HometownHuntington Beach, California, USA