There’s no escaping Kolohe Andino these days. With a pedigree steeped in the inner workings of competitive surfing, the backing of some of the biggest brands in industry, and a truckload of competitive drive, Kolohe Andino seems to have become almost omnipresent recently.
Having recently claimed two monumental wins in separate divisions at the Vans Pier Classic in Huntington Beach, Kolohe’s stock couldn’t be higher at the moment. After dismantling a stacked field to take the win in the Pro Junior event at Huntington, Kolohe added to his already formidable reputation by taking down three World Tour standouts in the men’s final in the forms of Adriano De Souza, Damien Hobgood, and Taylor Knox. All of this was enough to leave Surfer Magazine’s Shea Lopez more than impressed.
“Kolohe has managed the first-ever double-victory by the narrowest of margins. The $20K in combined prize money was a nice reward for a job well done,” wrote Shea. “Anyone still questioning or hating on the 17-year-old should give it a rest. It looks like this is just the tip of the iceberg for what should be a long, successful pro career for Kolohe.”
When asked for his own take on the revolutionary spin of surfing that he and his counterparts are brandishing, Kolohe stated that “…I can’t really speak for myself in that sense, but guys like Evan Geiselman, Andrew Doheny, Conner Coffin, and John John [Florence] can do maneuvers that a lot of the guys on the WT have a hard time making, and they do them in their sleep.”
Holding the number-one seed as we approach the Rob Machado Seaside Pro Junior on April 22 and 23, Kolohe has cemented himself as the man to beat. With one of the most stacked junior heat rosters imaginable set for the event, you can rest assured that the bar will be raised at Seaside when the opening heat horn sounds. Be prepared, because there’s gonna be fireworks.