One of the world's most talented and promising young guns was in Portugal, and SurfTotal asked him a couple of questions.
Young prodigy from Huntington Beach, California, Kanoa Igarashi turned 18 this January and has a long list of wins on his career, but he's not in the mood for stoping here, and aims for a spot in the Championship Tour, among the world's best surfers. And how could he not? We got to ask him a few questions after his win at a special event in Portugal, 'Boonman Air Show', that he had just won, and right before the Trestles QS event, where he is at the moment.
We know you’ve been spending some time in Portugal, was that planned before the Caparica junior event?
Yeah I love Portugal, I enjoy my time there, the Caparica junior was an opportunity for me to get a good result but that one didn’t go my way.
Where have you been surfing and who has been showing you the best spots?
I’ve been surfing around everywhere, Ericeira and Cascais mostly with Miguel Blanco, Pedro Coelho, Filipe Jervis and Tomas Fernandes,
Besides surfing, what have you enjoyed about Portugal?
Being with my friends, it’s unbelievable how friendly everyone is here and fun to be with. I have some of my best friends in Portugal, and it also is nice because the waves are some of the best in the world when its on.
Favorite spot/wave in Portugal?
Coxos (Ericeira) for sure.
What’s next for you in competition or (free) surf trips?
Lowers Prime, Brazil Prime (Saquarema) then hopefully a trip somewhere warm and with barrels after.
You got a wildcard for Lowers, expectations for this iconic event?
It’s the wave I grew up learning to do airs and high performance surfing so it’ll be a fun one for sure.
Main goal for this season?
Be in contention to qualifying for the CT.
Favorite surfer ever?
Favorite wave in the world?
Music from surf movies!
Are you a fan of other sports? Which teams do you support?
I enjoy watching one other sport and thats football! My team is Benfica.
Best moment in your career so far?
Winning the WQS at my home break or winning the Australian open Pro Jr.
Who’s gonna win the CT this year?