The Re-Coming of Age for Kolohe Andino

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You've gotta hand it to Kolohe Andino. After all, it wasn't long ago this skinny little water rat from San Clemente was dreaming about surfing on the Dream Tour rather than surfing in it. But after a wonderful 2010/2011 he qualified only to find himself barely making it out of heats. And the world was watching, and sometimes even laughing. Could Kolohe hang with the big boys? Would he requalify? All the answers have been questioned, and the questions now have been answered. Kolohe's been having his best year ever on the ASP World Tour, and seeing what he did this past week in Tahiti leaves both our jaws dropped and all cards on the table. And some new questions: Maybe he is World Champ material? After all, he is ranked 8th in the world, higher than Nat Young even.

Kolohe came to life at Teahupoo for the Billabong Pro Tahiti. He looks bigger, has more muscle and a look in his eyes that was never there before. His voice has even deepened to go along with his mental approach in the waves.

After a rough start in Australia earlier this year, with two 13ths (Snapper and Margie's) and a 25th at Bells, things were looking a little grim for the grom. Would 2014 be a repeat of 2013? Would he ever make it into the Main Rounds? Kolohe certainly wasn't going to let that be the case and showed up in Brazil for the Billabong Rio Pro a new man. A new grom. He took second and hasn't looked back at those nagging second round losses since. After that runner up finish in Brazil he made the semis in Fiji, took 9th at Jay Bay and yesterday took an equal fifth at Teahupoo, proving to himself and his fans that he certainly belongs on tour with the Big Boys.

Though he might be out of the running for the World Title this year, you can't ever count him out in the years to come. He's in the mix now and it's going to take a lot from the other surfers on tour to keep him out of the ASP Top 10. Good work, Kolohe, we're all counting on you.

Photo: Kolohe in Tahiti by Will H-S


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You've gotta hand it to Kolohe Andino. After all, it wasn't long ago this skinny little water rat from San Clemente was dreaming about surfing on the Dream Tour rather than surfing in it. But after a wonderful 2010/2011 he qualified only to find himself barely making it out of heats. And the world was watching, and sometimes even laughing. Could Kolohe hang with the big boys? Would he requalify? All the answers have been questioned, and the questions now have been answered. Kolohe's been having his best year ever on the ASP World Tour, and seeing what he did this past week in Tahiti leaves both our jaws dropped and all cards on the table. And some new questions: Maybe he is World Champ material? After all, he is ranked 8th in the world, higher than Nat Young even.

Kolohe came to life at Teahupoo for the Billabong Pro Tahiti. He looks bigger, has more muscle and a look in his eyes that was never there before. His voice has even deepened to go along with his mental approach in the waves.

After a rough start in Australia earlier this year, with two 13ths (Snapper and Margie's) and a 25th at Bells, things were looking a little grim for the grom. Would 2014 be a repeat of 2013? Would he ever make it into the Main Rounds? Kolohe certainly wasn't going to let that be the case and showed up in Brazil for the Billabong Rio Pro a new man. A new grom. He took second and hasn't looked back at those nagging second round losses since. After that runner up finish in Brazil he made the semis in Fiji, took 9th at Jay Bay and yesterday took an equal fifth at Teahupoo, proving to himself and his fans that he certainly belongs on tour with the Big Boys.

Though he might be out of the running for the World Title this year, you can't ever count him out in the years to come. He's in the mix now and it's going to take a lot from the other surfers on tour to keep him out of the ASP Top 10. Good work, Kolohe, we're all counting on you.

Photo: Kolohe in Tahiti by Will H-S

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