Kolohe Andino Wins Both 4Star Vans Pier Classic And Pro Junior
By winning both the 2011 ASP 4Star Vans Pier Classic and the ASP 4Star Vans Pro Junior, Kolohe Andino has established himself as one of the world’s most deadly up-and-coming professionals.
Young Californian Kolohe Andino gave an out-of-this-world performance at Huntington Beach Pier and dominated both the ASP 4-Star Vans Pier Classic and the ASP 4-Star Vans Pro Junior in peaky three-foot surf.
After a spectacular victory at the Vans Pro Junior, Kolohe Andino followed up by winning the Vans Pier Classic. The star surfer took an early lead, holding his position throughout the heat’s entirety and paving his way over ASP World Tour surfers Adriano de Souza, Taylor Knox, and Floridian Damien Hobgood.
“I’m at a loss for words,” said Kolohe Andino. “I believed in myself, but once I actually made all of the heats, I can’t believe it. All seven surfers that I surfed against in the Finals were amazing. I never even had time to get nervous because it feels like one big heat now.”
Andino, current leader of the ASP North America Pro Junior Series, took out a come-from-behind victory in the ASP 4-Star Vans Pro Junior. The talented regular-footer clawed his way back into the heat to overtake the early heat leader, Conner Coffin, notching a 6.93 and quickly following up with an 8.30 earned for a gigantic air-reverse on a righthand ramp to further his lead on the ASP North America Pro Junior Series Rankings.
Coffin, who launched out to an early lead in the ASP 4-Star Vans Pro Junior Final, was unable to put a stop to Andino’s mid-heat rampage, but the runner-up result moves Coffin to No. 2 overall on the ASP North America Pro Junior Series Rankings.
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