Kanoa Igarashi conquers the Vans Pro 2015

August 24, 2015 | Surfing
Kanoa Igarashi: style and attitude | Photo: Ferguson/WSL

Surprise, or maybe not. Kanoa Igarashi prevailed in the highly competitive final of the Vans Pro 2015, at 1st Street Jetty, Virginia Beach.

The Huntington Beach star is living the dream. Igarashi is enjoying a fabulous season and has jumped to third place in the Qualifying Series (QS) rankings.

"It's crazy having such a good year. “I haven't been getting wins but a lot of good results, and I was just missing that win. I'm so stoked with how it's all panned out and those 3,000 points are crucial for me - it's my first QS win this year and goes into my top three results for points," explains Kanoa.

The 18-year-old defeated Noah Schweizer, Beyrick De Vries, and Oney Anwar with a convincing 15.44 heat total in a wind affected lineup.

"I just tried to do the same thing every heat. I wanted to be solid in my surfing and not go beyond what I could do. It really just felt like everything was going my way and when you have that feeling you usually get a good result. I've been coming here for four years now, so Virginia Beach is a pretty special place for me."

Meanwhile, in the Vans Pro Junior final, Seth Moniz took down Griffin Colapinto, Gabriel Farias, and Stevie Pittman to secure his second win of the 2015 Junior Series in North America.

"That was such a heavy heat, and I'm so stoked to come out with a win. I had a gnarly battle with one of my best friends, Griffin, and it was funny we were both just playing board games in my room but when you put the jersey it's a competition between you and your brothers - the sportsmanship here is great," concludes Moniz.

Vans Pro 2015 | Final

1. Kanoa Igarashi (USA) 15.44
2. Noah Schweizer (USA) 13.43
3. Beyrick De Vries (ZAF) 11.24
4. Oney Anwar (IDN) 8.80

Vans Pro Junior 2015 | Final

1. Seth Moniz (HAW) 13.56
2. Griffin Colapinto (USA) 12.67
3. Gabriel Farias (BRA) 8.10
4. Stevie Pittman (USA) 7.63

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