It seems that Casio, and it’s G-Shock brand are always releasing new collaborative and limited edition pieces. This is because they are! This is a great thing for us as watch fans, meaning that we are always being treated to new and exciting pieces! Recent new models we have seen include the Carbon Core Guard and the Everlast collaboration. One of the latest to be announced is a special Kanoa Igarashi Watch produced in collaboration with the pro-surfer!
The G-Shock Kanoa Igarashi Collaboration
The all new GLX-5600K1 is the latest addition to the popular G-LIDE collection, which is relatively new itself! This collection is compiled of watches designed and built for extreme sports, just like the Vintage Hawaii Limited Editions! This new, limited edition G-Shock GLX-5600KI watch is a signature summer model in partnership with pro surfer Kanoa Igarashi.
The GLX-5600 is the base model for this piece, and features a tide graph making it the perfect tool for surfers. Professional or not! The case is a thinner, more square shape than a lot of G-Shock watches, helping it to stay out of the way, and not cause obstruction whilst surfing.
This GLX-5600KI-7ER is formed from a semi-transparent skeleton resin, that has been inspired by the ocean and is completed with a cool mirror finish face. upon this mirror face sits the signature of Kanoa, which can then also be seen on the case back and the strap too. His signature will show when the dial is illuminated, a cool trick we have seen on many of the limited edition models!
The Life of Igarashi
Kanoa Igarashi was born in 1997, in California, and began surfing at the age of three, unbelievably! Since his first lesson he has come a very long way, winning a number of major sufing competitions throughout his career. He is currently a world-class professional surfer competing on the World Surf League Championship Tour.
2009: At the young age of 11, Igarashi smashed the single NSSA (National Scholastic Surfing Association) season record with an amazing 30 victories overall.
2012: A few years on, at the age of 14, he achieved the title of being the youngest ever Under-18 U.S. National Champion.
2016: Following this he progressed further, and became the youngest ever, and first Asian, to participate in the World Surf League (WSL) Championship Tour.
2017: He continued his success in to his 20’s, winning the WSL Vans U.S. Open of Surfing held in his hometown of Huntington Beach.
2019: This year, Kanoa Igarashi was crowned as the first ever Japanese surfer to win an elite World Surf League’s Championship Tour Event!