Japanese surfer Kanoa Igarashi is responding to Olympic viewers' thirsty TikToks about him

Igarashi won the silver medal in the men's surfing competition at the Tokyo Games. Ryan Pierse / Getty Images
The Japanese-American surfer Kanoa Igarashi won the silver medal in men's surfing in Tokyo.
On TikTok, he also reacts to fans who post videos about his appearance.
"I just did my morning scrolling on Tik Tok and found myself," Igarashi wrote in a comment.
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Huntington Beach native Kanoa Igarashi, who competes for Japan in the Olympics, won a silver medal in the first men's surfing competition on Wednesday. While making waves in Tokyo, he has also made waves online by responding to thirsty TikTok videos about himself.
"Thank you Japan for using surfing in the Olympics," reads a TikTok video with 2.6 million likes from user @fatasswhitegirl, who cuts to recordings of Igarashi with his surfboard and later receives his medal.
23-year-old Igarashi posted a duet video combining TikToker footage with his own.
"Hey, this guy looks familiar," Igarashi wrote in the caption of a duet video, smiling into the camera and showing the silver medal he won in Tokyo on Wednesday.
@kanoaigarashi
#duet with @fatasswhitegirl Hey that guy looks familiar to me
♬ luxurious - cy
Commenting on @fatasswhitegirl's original video, Igarashi wrote, "I'm doing my morning scroll on Tik Tok and found myself," accompanied by a laughing and crying emoji.
According to Igarashi's Olympic profile, his parents moved from Japan to California with the aim of getting their kids involved in surfing.
At the age of 14, Igarashi became the youngest surfer in the US National Championships for U18s. These games come full circle for his family, too - The New York Times reported that his father Tsutomu used to surf on Tsurigasaki Beach, home to this year's Olympic competitions.
Igarashi didn't post quite as much on TikTok during the Games as some of his Olympians. However, he appears to be committed to recognizing his fans on TikTok.
@kanoaigarashi
## Duet with @lolalaha * leans against the air *
♬ Original sound
"You are all too much," Igarashi wrote in the caption of one of his response videos.
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