It's rare to see Kanoa Igarashi without a smile on his face. On land, the kid burns around chasing waves, girls and kicks. That's the Huntington Beach lifestyle, and it suits Kanoa well. Not only does he radiate positivity, but Kanoa's also worldly for his age. He's half-Japanese and bi-lingual, something he'll be even more grateful for when he's older (expect to see Kanoa tearing through Typhoon swells in the future). In the summertime Kanoa lives in the same pair of trunks for weeks on end, surfing til he can't paddle or stand any more. Just as a 16-year-old with the world at his feet should.
In the water, the kid is really something. It's not always the easiest transition for a young gun to grow with grace, but Kanoa's having no problems. As his wingspan gets longer, his grabs get tighter and cleaner. As his legs get longer, his turns become stronger and more well-placed. All the hunger, precision and skill is there. But most importantly, so is the potential. The best part is gonna be watching it realised over the next decade...