When it comes to Olympic silver medallist Kanoa Igarashi, one thing is certain: he was destined to surf.
Igarashi’s father, Tsutomu, was a surfer in Japan before he and Kanoa’s mom, Misa, moved to the USA.
But they didn’t leave surfing behind. In fact, they moved specifically to Huntington Beach, California – dubbed ‘Surf City’ – with the intention of getting their children heavily involved in the scene.
For three-year-old Kanoa, that meant hitting the waves with his father at 6am. And their commitment paid off, with Igarashi winning his first trophy at seven years old.
He has only gone from strength to strength ever since.
At 14, he was the youngest surfer ever to win the US National Championships for under-18s; going on to win the Governor’s Cup at the Surfing America Championships in the same year.
More recently, Igarashi won the World Surf League Championship title, before placing 3rd at the WSL Rip Curl Pro; prompting his eventual qualification for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
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