Growing up surfing on the coast of Australia, Ian Cairns developed a passion and spirit for surfing that would have a great impact on the sport for decades. Ian was a world championship pro surfer in the 1970's, and he was part of an influential group of South African and Australian surfers who created what professional surfing is today. Ian Cairns nickname is Kanga. Kanga has always been and always will be an advocate for surfing, competitive surfing, and for developing upcoming professional surfers. Ian was the creator of the ASP, which is the current professional surfing competition organization. This is the Surfing.com Ian Cairns biography.
Height: 188cm, 6ft 2in Weight: 95.2kg, 210lb
Birthday: July 24, 1952
Birthplace: Kew, Victoria Australia
Current Home: Laguna Beach, California USA
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Surfing Coach: Ian Cairns was taught to surf by his father.
Life Facts: Ian “Kanga” Cairns is a considered a cornerstone of the professional surfing industry. In Perth Australia, Ian developed into an extremely powerful and gutsy surfer. Over time, Ian created a reputation for charging the unforgiving reefs on the West Australian coastline. After a very successful professional global surfing career, Ian Cairns began organizating surfing events. Ian founded the Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) in 1982. The ASP replaced the IPS as the leading governing body of global professional surfing competition. Ian Cairns has most recently starred in the surfing documentary, “Bustin' Down the Door”. He will always been a part of competitive surfing though his surf coaching and business endeavors.
Successes: In December of 1973, Ian Cairns won the Smirnoff Pro event at Sunset Beach, Hawaii. In 1975, he won the Duke Kahanamoku Invitational Surfing Championship. In 1976 and 1980, Ian won the World Cup events. In 1976, Ian Cairns was ranked No. 2 in the World.
Surfing Style: Ian Cairns is a regular foot and has an aggressive, smooth style. Ian is considered a charger, with the guts to take off on large waves and surf them like small waves.
Other Sports: On dry land, Ian Cairns likes to coach upcoming surfers and provide the best chance at success.
Likes & Dislikes: When he is not surfing, Ian likes to spend time with his family and develop his business, Vitality and Nutrition Brands, Inc. He also likes to spend time working on surfing documentaries.
Sponsors: Ian Cairns is not currently sponsored.
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