Hi, my name is Kanoa Igarashi. My discipline is surfing competition. My friends call me Igar. I was born on 1 October 1997 in Huntington Beach, California.
Kanoa Igarashi has been surfing for as long as he can remember. His dad first put him on a surfboard in his home town of Huntington Beach, USA at the mere age of three, and the Californian native hasn’t looked back since.
Igarashi took to the sport with natural talent, competing in his first surf contest (which he won) at the age of six. Since then, Kanoa, whose parents immigrated to the US from Tokyo, Japan, has taken the junior surf world by storm.
At age 14, he became the youngest surfer ever to win the US National Championships for under-18s and that same year won the Governor’s Cup at the Surfing America Championships and took second in the King of Groms Championships.
In addition to national competitions, Igarashi has appeared in a bunch of stellar surf films, but his ultimate goal is to one day win the ASP World Championships – the most elite tour in surfing.
If things keep going his way, that day might be sooner than he thinks. “It’s a confidence booster knowing that younger people can still compete on the same level as the top pros,” he says.
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