H.B. surfer shines Down Under
Huntington Beach surfer Kanoa Igarashi had a stand-out performance in Australia at the Burton Toyota Pro Junior last weekend, coming in second place at the ASP 6-Star event.
Igarashi, 15, came up short behind Jake Sylvester, a local from Newcastle who had home turf advantage. The contest final was held in 2- to 3-foot surf at Merewether Beach, Newcastle.
Igarashi has had a number of wins and successes the past year, making a big name for himself as one of the best young surfers in the world. A few of his accomplishments last year: a Surfing America national championship title for the under 18 division, making the ASP World Junior Championships in Bali, and winning two divisions at the Rip Curl GromSearch national championships at Trestles.
The second place he nabbed in Australia will help earn him points to qualify for the ASP World Junior Championships again by the end of the year.
Igarashi used a combination of big tricks, power turns and innovative airs – but couldn't push past Sylvester's two big scores.
"Jake (Sylvester) is a great surfer and he lives here and I could tell he knew the line-up really well," Igarashi said in an interview with ASP. "He knew all the waves to catch and I've never felt so lost in the water in my life. I'm stoked for him and I've really had a fun experience for my first trip to Newcastle."
The Burton Toyota Pro, an ASP 6-star event, is under way this week and will feature many high-ranked Orange County surfers such as San Clemente's Tanner and Pat Gudauskas, Kolohe Andino, and Huntington Beach's Brett Simpson.
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