It’s official. In a formal press release, the World Surf League announced that Huntington Beach, California native Kanoa Igarashi will officially swap the Stars and Bars in order to represent the Land of the Rising Sun on the 2018 Championship Tour.
Recall that early last week we reported by way of the Japan Times that Japan’s national surfing federation announced Igarashi was added to the roster of surfers that would compete to qualify for the national team in the run-up to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. In that piece, I wondered if Kanoa’s country affiliation would need to change for WSL contests as well. Dual citizenship questions, as you know, are tricky.