“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.
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