Stab Magazine | 2x US Open Champ, Kanoa Igarashi, On Four Boards From Three Generations

2x US Open Champ, Kanoa Igarashi, On Four Boards From Three Generations

“A Tale of Four Surfboards” features Tom Curren, Kelly Slater, Shane Beschen, Andy Irons and their boards of yesteryear.

Words by stab

It was our hope that the release of this mini-doco, “A Tale of Four Surfboards”, starring last year’s US Open champ, would coincide with back-to-back wins at home for Kanoa Igarashi.

And it did! And he celebrated the fuck out it. 

Over the past months, we’ve been putting together this US Open Retrospective. We called the boys at Channel Islands and had remakes of Tom Curren’s Red Beauty (which was painted black), the boards of Kelly Slater and Shane Beschen from the ’94 final and the infamous interference call of the ’96 final, and the board Andy Irons did that massive floater on back in ’09.

We visited Al and Britt Merrick at their ranch in Ojai. We discussed the interference of ’96 with Mr. Beschen – who lost to Slater in a freak paddling incident. We uncovered that the Andy Irons floater board was actually made for Julian Wilson(!)… until Andy walked into the CI shop and decided it was his. And we revisited the silky transition of an original master of style.

Come for Tom, Kelly, Shane and Andy; stay for your US Open Champ’s recount and hifi surfing on four boards in classic Huntington slop.

The idea was to dive into the past, and honey, nostalgia is one hell of drug.

Go ahead, hit the triangle.


Comments are a Stab Premium feature. Gotta join to talk shop.

Already a member? Sign In

Want to join? Sign Up


Most Recent

Here’s Everything We’ve Learned About Hawaii’s Viral Jet Ski Saga

One question remains unanswered.


A Photo Sequence We Couldn’t Help But Share

Yes it's a step-off, and no we don't care.


Your Increasingly Popular Weekly Vlog Roundup

Click or Miss Vol.9


Inside the Roaring 2000s at Quiksilver, Part 2 of 3

Jamie Tierney shares the ups and downs of Dane's days at Quiksilver. "How does a…


How A Potentially Lethal Wetsuit Allergy Turned Into Overnight Art Success

“I figured that if the old guys pre-70's could be tough enough to surf through…


Gabe Morvil’s Portugese Smorgasbord

All the clips from a pre-covid trip with Metal Neck.


Hawaii Report: The Day The Eddie Didn’t Run

Oahu was massive today. Here are some photos to prove it.


Skegss Are Not A Surf Band

The remarkable musical ascension of three boys from unremarkable coastal towns.


Taj Burrow’s Stab in the Dark (Arts) Shaper Reveal

Plus, an official premiere date!


Influential Hawaiian Icon Ben Aipa Has Passed Away

Rest In Power


If you’re an A-list surfer, there’s a good chance you’ve invested in booze

From hard seltzer to hard kombucha to new beer brands and even non-alcoholic beverages, see…


John Florence’s Last Sessions of 2020

Come see the Hi-Pro Flo-Bros inside.


The Fwd: What’s The Most Questionable Surfboard Trend You’ve Followed?

Let's cringe together.


Rage Crew In Need of Jetski



Reef Heazlewood Wants To Teach You How To Do Airs

Go big and bend ze knees!


First & Last: How Many Boards Does Yago Dora Bring on a 7-Day Surf Trip?

The answer might surprise you.


Lessons Learned: Selema Masekela (Free)

On surfing, growing up, and difficult conversations. This voice of action sports shares his path…


Two Hyper-Critical Minds Discuss Their Favorite Surfers of 2020

Some of these names might surprise you.