Kanoa Igarashi


  • Name: Kanoa Igarashi
  • Date of Birth: 10/01/97
  • Hometown: Huntington Beach, USA

  • Kanoa Igarashi is a truly complete surfer. He's technical. He's progressive. He’s consistently surprising and surprisingly consistent. The Japanese-American grew up as a surf prodigy in Huntington Beach, CA and has lived up to every bit of hype. It’s damn near impossible to find a flaw in his game. He’s won a few major WQS events so far in his career, like the 2016 Pantin Classic Galicia Pro and the 2015 Mahalo Surf Eco Festival. And on the CT level, he made the finals of the 2016 Billabong Pipeline Masters during his rookie year. The future may have a lot in store for Kanoa, but Kanoa has even more in store for the future.

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Our world moves fast. It goes a million miles a minute, spinning at the speed of infinity and never slowing down. You’re here today — fully here, engaged — then you’re gone tomorrow. Onto the next one. A new coast to explore, the next swell to surf, another moment to fall in love with.

Gone Tomorrow celebrates that spirit of now.

The France edition features Mikey February, Connor O’Leary, Zeke Lau, Kanoa Igarashi, Leonardo Fioravanti, Jeremy Flores, Ramzi Boukhiam, Aritz Aranburu, Marc Lacomare, Kael Walsh, Sebastian Williams and Mikey Wright. Filmed over a two week beach break blur, it’s guaranteed to make you want to go surfing.

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Kanoa Igarashi and Young Gun Cody Young claimed victory this weekend at the Vans US Open of Surfing in two-to-four foot waves on the southside of the Huntington Beach Pier today and we are psyched.



"It's about time."


His voice, magnified by the strength of a dozen mega-speakers, gusted across a beach populated by 100,000 or so of his closest friends. After making the semifinals on two separate occasions in the past few years, Kanoa Igarashi had just won the US Open of Surfing in his hometown of Huntington Beach. Indeed, it was about time. 


"I grew up here. I learned how to surf here. I did everything here," Kanoa said. "This is the best day of my life.” 


The best day of his life consisted of waking up early to beat Ricardo Christie in the Quarterfinals and proceeded to ice Filipe Toledo in the Semifinals. 


Filipe had just won the J-Bay Open and was considered the surfer to beat all event, but Kanoa surfed a smart heat and coupled it with flair to take the W. By then, there was only one person who stood between him and the place he'd dreamt of ever since he was a little kid. His name? Tomas Hermes. Kanoa carried his momentum all the way to the podium. Dream, realized. 

 

 

Meanwhile, in the Juniors, Hawaiian Cody Young made a name for himself with a huge win. Of course, we'd already heard of him - he's been part of the Quiksilver family for years. This statement win just shows the rest of the world what he's made of. We're looking at you, WQS. 

 

Images courtesy of WSL 

Congrats Kanoa and Cody!

Paradise Revealed


White sand. Blue water. Hot days and cold drinks. It’s impossible not to love Fiji — and we haven’t even mentioned the waves yet.


Our CT team is currently enjoying the paradisiacal properties of Tavarua. So is photographer Ryan Miller. He took his lens behind the scenes to give you a taste of what life’s like on the island. So, don’t be shy now — dig in.


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Ever seen a competitor’s area on a boat before? Neither had Connor O’Leary. Here, the rookie enjoys the perks of life on the CT.


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No reason not to smile. Leo Fioravanti.


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Life on the island is pretty laid back. Wiggolly Dantas.


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Give respect. Get respect (and some kava). Zeke Lau enjoys the opening ceremony.


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Bottom’s up — Kanoa Igarashi leans into one.


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Just call it fisheye.


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That’s one way to hide from the rain. Connor O’Leary, seeking shelter.


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Breathe in. Breathe out. Take it all in. Jeremy Flores.

Down time at home! @coleyamane

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The CT has a very intense, very demanding schedule and time between events should should be spent relaxing — rookie Zeke Lau didn’t get that memo.


Goes fishing once** @lauraenever

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There are only two times in Fiji. Contest time, and leisure time. Here’s Steph Gilmore with a quick look at the latter.


Waiting for the swell with @cody_young_ like.... @carlocoral

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Kanoa Igarashi. Cody Young. Firing Keramas. What more do you need?


Fun surf at the @wavegarden_official the other day! @guillaume_arrieta

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Believe the wave pool hype. Believe in Jeremy Flores’ rail game while you’re at it.



Koa Rothman is not in the upcoming WSL event in Fiji…but here’s a reminder that he probably should be.



See that face? That smile? Get used to it. We don’t want to jinx it, but we’d say there’s about a 300% chance Jesse Mendes will be on the CT next year.


A few before the @vans_za surf pro classic , which starts today /// @vanssurf /// @lee_man

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Can’t teach style — you either have it or you don’t. Luckily, Mikey Feb’s got plenty.


The details


5’11 x 18 7/16 x 2 5/16 Model: DFR. Thruster with JS fins. It’s got continuous rocker and a deep single concave.



How it feels


This board is really responsive and lets me do whatever I want. It’s super reliable and doesn’t ever do anything I’m not expecting. Like, it’s never going to surprise me by turning super fast out of nowhere.



Why he chose it


To be honest, this is the better of two boards that I thought I might ride at Snapper. I used to travel to each event with 15 boards that I would potentially ride and it just got super confusing. This year, I’m all about simplifying - I just want to bring a few boards I trust to each stop.


This year, Quiksilver has six surfers on the WSL’s Championship Tour, each representing a different region: Jeremy Flores (FRA), Ezekiel Lau (HAW), Wiggolly Dantas (BRA), Leonardo Fioravanti (ITA), Kanoa Igarashi (USA), Connor O’Leary (AUS). Ranging in age from 19 to 28, they are the new generation of Quiksilver surfers to make noise on surfing’s biggest stage. Good luck in 2017 boys.


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Jeremy Flores - @floresjeremy


Date Of Birth: 4/27/1988


Hometown: Hossegor, France


Passionate. That’s what Jeremy Flores is. In the water, out of the water, all the time. He was born on Reunion Island, raised in Madagascar and currently resides in France. Jeremy’s talent was recognized early on and he quickly found himself traveling the world with big names like Kelly Slater. That diverse, worldly experience translated to his surfing- he’s powerful, he’s progressive and he’s absolutely fearless when the waves get heavy. So far, he’s won two CT events in his career - 2010 Pipeline Masters and the 2015 Billabong Pro Tahiti - and has consistently remained a must-watch every time he surfs a heat.


Wiggolly Dantas - @wiggolly


Date Of Birth: 12/16/1989


Hometown: Ubatuba, Brazil


Wiggolly Dantas’ surfing speaks for itself. After winning the Quiksilver Saquerema Prime event in 2014, he qualified for the CT and began to unleash his surfing alongside the world’s best. He charges as if there is no tomorrow, or even a slight idea of a tomorrow, and his backhand is powerful enough to make almost any wave disintegrate. Plus, he’s got the airs. The Brazilian is one of the most well-rounded surfers of this generation and you’ll surely see him standing on a podium or in the belly of an oversized wave at Pipeline soon enough.


Kanoa Igarashi - @kanoaigarashi


Date Of Birth: 10/1/1997


Hometown: Huntington Beach


USA Kanoa Igarashi is a truly complete surfer. He’s technical. He’s progressive. He’s consistently surprising and surprisingly consistent. The Japanese-American grew up as a surf prodigy in Huntington Beach, CA and has lived up to every bit of hype. It’s damn near impossible to find a flaw in his game. He’s won a few major WQS events so far in his career, like the 2016 Pantin Classic Galicia Pro and the 2015 Mahalo Surf Eco Festival. And on the CT level, he made the finals of the 2016 Billabong Pipeline Masters during his rookie year. The future may have a lot in store for Kanoa, but Kanoa has even more in store for the future.


Connor O’Leary - @connoroleary


Date Of Birth: 12/10/1993


Hometown: Cronulla, Australia


After an impressive junior career in Australia, Connor O’Leary disappeared into the depths of the WQS for a little while. While his surfing was just as fast, powerful and progressive as ever, it wasn’t translating into the results that he deserved. At one point, he even took up teaching surf lessons in order to gain the funds to keep chasing his dream. And then one day it all clicked: he finished two spots away from qualification in 2015, then made it up to himself by winning the whole series in 2016. His miraculous runincluded a win at the 2016 Ballito Pro. Boom. Just like that, Connor is back to where he belongs.


Leonardo Fioravanti - @lfioravanti


Date Of Birth: 12/8/1997


Hometown: Rome, Italy


Leonardo Fioravanti is no stranger to the surf world. And the surf world is certainly no stranger to him. The Italian charmer has had a spotlight shining on him since before he even hit his teens. And why not? He had eerily good form, a myriad of airs, a fearless approach to fearsome waves and a carve as big as his smile. The world was his, and the hype was inevitable. But those days are over. Leo’s an adult now. He’s had a certain fire in him ever since returning to the water after breaking his back at Pipeline. He qualified for the CT in 2016 at only 18-years-old and he has already beaten both Kelly Slater and 2015 World Champ Adriano de Souza as a wildcard on the WSL. From here on out, Leo’s just going to let his surfing do the talking. Rest assured, the whole world will be listening.


Ezekiel Lau - @zekelau


Date Of Birth: 11/23/1993


Hometown: Honolulu, Hawaii


Talent. Motivation. Positivity. And a touch of grit. That’s a formula for success in surfing, and that’s the formula that has taken Zeke Lau to the top. The proud Hawaiian has faced a few major setbacks in his career - including some bouts with back injury - but he always fights hard and comes back. In 2015, he power-surfed his way onto the CT where he’ll be producing big, bold surfing that’ll please judges and spectators alike. His ultimate goal is a World Title. Don’t expect him to sleep until he gets there.


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It exists. Look around. Or better yet, listen. Or best yet, think about Kanoa Igarashi.

 

About a month ago, Kanoa went into Pipe Masters – the last CT of his rookie year - with all the pressure in the world on his back. He was sitting in a safe space on the good side of the re-qualification race but one of his best friends, Ezekial Lau, didn’t share the same fortune. If Kanoa did well, Zeke would be on the CT for 2017. If not, Zeke would be back on the QS for another year.

 

Kanoa ended up charging all the way to the final and taking some huge names out along the way. Mission complete. Thanks, Backdoor. You’re welcome, Zeke.

 

Fast-forward to yesterday and you’ll see Kanoa getting chaired up the sand at his home break in Huntington Beach. He’d just won the Shoe City Pro in a dominating fashion. It was his first event since Pipe and he earned the only result better that would one-up his performance.

 

Suffice to say, the kid is in rhythm. With the Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast less than two months away, that could mean very big things for his sophomore season. 

 


This is it. The last stop. After forty-nine events in twenty different countries, the 2017 WQS season is officially behind up. Want to see how it all ended? The latest edition of Snaketales has you covered, friends.


Go behind the scenes (and into the lineup) at Sunset Beach for the Vans World Cup Of Surfing. With the crew on the brink of qualification, see how they fare at the trickiest chunk of ocean this side of Haleiwa. There are turns, twists, jokes, emotions and, ummm, Zeke Lau gets a pie in his face [4:34]. Dive. Straight. In.