Young Gunning: Kolohe Andino Smashes Vans Pier Classic and Vans Pro Junior, Grabs Second at Machado Seaside Pro Junior
Kolohe “Brother” Andino is on a mission.
Judging by his early season smack down at events like the Vans Pier Classic and the Vans Pro Junior in Huntington Beach, it’s safe to say that Oakley’s young California phenom is on track to challenge for the ASP North American Junior Series Title.
The San Clemente ripper employed a killer combination of ultra progressive surfing and massive amounts of stamina to claim the ASP 4-star Pier Classic and Pro Junior. Going head-to-head with some of the best on the Planet, he emerged from the finals on top – pulling in a whopping $16,000 with his two wins and secured 1,000 One World Ranking points – proving fully that he’s able to throw down against the top pros in the industry in pressurized situations.
“I don’t really know how to comprehend this,” Brother said, rocking his Oakley Frogskins on the podium. “I surfed so many heats today it seemed like on big heat all day. I can’t believe it.”
But everyone else on the beach believed. It all started with the massive frontside air that he busted out to open up the final. It set the tone and landed him an eight and he never looked back – edging out fellow Oakley rider Adriano de Souza by .10 points.
“I wanted to win the Junior really bad, because my goal this year is to win the North American Junior Series,” he continued.
With that, he’s officially making it known that he’s only charging for the top – and with his continued brilliance, the World Tour must be looking mighty good for him a couple years down the road!
Congratulations to Brother for kickin’ arse and takin’ names in Huntington Beach!
Vans Pier Classic Results:
1st: Kolohe Andino $16,000
2nd: Adriano De Souza
3rd: Taylor Knox
4th: Damien Hobgood
Vans Pro Junior Results:
1st: Kolohe Andino $4,000
2nd: Conner Coffin
3rd: Luke Davis
4th: Jacob Halstead