Kanoa Igarashi: he never lost a Round 2 heat in his rookie season | Photo: Smorigo/WSL

Kanoa Igarashi has secured his spot on the 2017 Championship Tour (CT) after winning the Hang Loose Pro 2016, in Praia Joaquina, in Brazil.

The American surfer defeated local star and fellow Dream Tour campaigner Jadson Andre and jumped to first on the Qualifying Series (QS) rankings.

In the 35-minute final, a series of mistakes by Andre handed Igarashi the event's title. Kanoa, who never lost a Round 2 heat in the CT season, got the most out of the tricky conditions and surfed his waves with precision and commitment.

"It feels incredible to win again in Brazil. "It's really similar to last year when I needed a good result to qualify for the CT. Now I can go to Hawaii without any extra pressure and just have fun there," said Igarashi.

Jadson Andre has reasons to stay positive. He a runner-up finish at the Hang Loose Pro 2016 jumps from 58th to 22nd in the QS rankings and increases his chances of requalifying for the 2017 CT club.

"It was phenomenal to make the final here in Brazil, and it is always a great feeling to surf in front of the best fans in the world. Of course, I would have loved to win the event, but I can not complain; second place is still a good result," added Andre.

Hang Loose Pro Contest 2016 | Final

1. Kanoa Igarashi (USA), 15.84
2. Jadson Andre (BRA), 13.37

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