When it comes to the Vans US Open of Surfing, there's always going to be an element of pressure for Kanoa Igarashi. As the hometown hero, alongside Courtney Conlogue on the Women's side, Igarashi is Huntington Beach's sole member of a very elite group, the Championship Tour.
But as a well-traveled 19-year-old who's on his second lap around the Dream Tour, he takes it in stride, preferring at this point in his career to focus on the moment and enjoy some rare time at home. He used his local knowledge to his advantage in Round Three, working an approach he's probably duplicated hundreds, if not thousands, of times before. He'll surf again in Round Four when the events resume.