Native of Hawaii, Kanoa Igarashi (born October 1, 1997) is a professional surfer who has competed on a global level since 2012.
As the youngest surfer to ever compete on the WSL Championship Tour (CT), he finished 2016 as the year’s runner-up at the Pipeline event and in twentieth place globally.
During the 2019 WSL CT, he had his best performance ever, finishing in sixth place overall and first place in the Corona Bali Protected.
Resolute Surf Star Kanoa Igarashi on Paris 2024 Ambitions: “The Simple, Easy Answer is to Get a Gold Medal”
The Tokyo 2020 silver medalist is raring to go for his next goal: Olympic gold in Paris 2024.
But before that, he plans to compete in the 2022 ISA World Surfing Games in Huntington Beach and earn a quota spot that way.
Kanoa Igarashi, silver medalist in surfing at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.
The 24-year-old had planned to place in the top five of the men’s World Surf League (WSL) Championship Tour standings before he contracted the COVID-19 pandemic.
Even though it was a lofty goal, the dreamer fed off of the pressure and set it as his phone’s background.
Although Igarashi’s season did not end as he had hoped, the Japanese surfer still had reason to celebrate despite losing in the first round of the WSL Finals to Olympic champion Italo Ferreira.
Olympics: Japan’s Kanoa Igarashi Snags Silver at Inaugural Surfing Event
Italo Ferreira of Brazil was too much for Kanoa Igarashi in the men’s final, which was moved up from Wednesday to Tuesday.
Because of the impending typhoon, and Igarashi had to settle for silver instead of gold.
However, in the two-player final at Tsurisaki Surfing Beach, reigning world champion Ferreira.
Outscored Igarashi 15.14 to 6.60, despite Igarashi having defeated world No. 1 Gabriel Medina in the semifinals.
As part of the games’ efforts to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, the beach in Chiba Prefecture, one of the closest surf spots to Tokyo, is off-limits to spectators.
The 23-year-old Igarashi, who was born in the United States to Japanese immigrant parents.
Had a hard time finding a good wave in the semifinals of the medal event. His two best rides combined for a total of only 3 points. Thanks for reading our article Kanoa Igarashi Olympic Games Tokyo 2020.