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Video: Future Olympian Kanoa Igarashi Just Dropped His January Edit

Kanoa Igarashi's star is rising quickly, buoyed by a raft of big-name sponsorship deals and his position as Japan's best shot at a a gold medal in the 2020 Summer Olympics, which the nation is hosting. The dual-citizen of Japan and the U.S. learned how to surf at California's Huntington Beach, and has transferred those skills into a rapid ascent through the ranks of the WSL Championship Tour. A household name in Japan thanks to his starring role in a reality show, Igarashi is surfing a metaphorical wave of hype into what may be surfing's biggest contest to date: the Olympics.

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In the lead-up to surfing's Olympic debut, Igarashi has been traveling the world in search of waves to train on, visiting several of the world's premiere breaks alongside cinematographer Tanner Carney. The two have put together an edit from January's clips, appropriately named Freedom, presumably based on the Hawaiian translation of "Kanoa." It's full of barrels, aerials, and some more creative moves from the Japanese surfing phenom, so take a look!

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John John Florence and Friends at the Kelly Slater Surf Ranch
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John John Florence and Friends at the Kelly Slater Surf Ranch

John John Florence and Friends at the Kelly Slater Surf Ranch

It seems a terrible irony that Kelly Slater's Wave Ranch, perhaps the ideal place to learn how to surf, is off-limits to all but the sport's A-list. There are several other wavepools either open today (in a manner of speaking) or in some stage of development around the world, but unless your name is Drew Brees you're probably not catching your first barrel with Mr. Slater. RELATED: Youngest Olympian Weighs In on Tokyo 2020 Postponement Enjoy this blast from the past as John John Florence

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Finally. A Western With a Bunch of Rad Women.
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Finally. A Western With a Bunch of Rad Women.

Finally. A Western With a Bunch of Rad Women.

Most Western flicks are cut from the same cloth. A Clint Eastwood or John Wayne kind of character is forced to go at odds with sinister vigilantes. Cue the gun-slinging, tumbleweed b-roll, and sweeping shots of the American West. Oh, and let’s not forget the damsel in distress. Don’t expect to see that cookie-cutter formula in Patti’s film . It’s a new kind of Western.  RELATED: Stephanie Gilmore Wants to Teach You How to Surf Our heroes are a ragtag group of skaters and surfers—Nora

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WATCH: Imogen Caldwell’s 2019 Surf Edit Deserves Two Vimeo Staff Picks
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WATCH: Imogen Caldwell’s 2019 Surf Edit Deserves Two Vimeo Staff Picks

WATCH: Imogen Caldwell’s 2019 Surf Edit Deserves Two Vimeo Staff Picks

Here in Wyoming, we like to think of ourselves as rugged folks from the still-somewhat-Wild West. The nearest real city is Salt Lake City, almost 300 miles south, and wildlife outnumbers humanity by a long shot. It's true that by contiguous-American standards, Wyoming is about as remote as one can get, but compared to Western Australia Wyoming is practically New York City. RELATED: Stay Stoked- Your Guide to TGR's Best Content Imogen Caldwell grew up in Red Bluff, Western Australia, a tiny