Andino Wins 2011 ASP SuperSurf Internacional In Brazil

In the end, the Final battle on Brazilian beaches was between two Americans. Kolohe Andino and Tanner Gudauskas blasted through their competitors and faced off in the final rounds of the 2011 ASP SuperSurf Internacional.

Kolohe Andino.  Photo: ASP BrazilKolohe Andino continued to build upon his impressive 2011 season in South America by defeating fellow Californian Tanner Gudauskas to win the ASP SuperSurf Internacional at Itamambuca Beach in Brazil.

Kolohe Andino got the best of an early exchange in the Final against the fellow San Clemente surfer and held on to lead throughout the heat’s entirety.

“I thought that I could reach the Quarterfinals here, but I never imagined that I would win the event!" said Andino. "Unfortunately, conditions made things really difficult. In the Final, I started off well and then I just used my strategy to hold on for the win since there weren't too many good waves.”

Kolohe Andino and Tanner Gudauskas’ run to the final was nothing short of impressive, as both young Americans battled a swarm of talent in Brazil.

“It's a pleasure for me to surf this Final against Tanner since he's from the United States just like me,” continued Andino. “It was really improbable to have a Final between two Americans with all of the great Brazilian surfers on today's waves.”

Andino, who now sits at No. 34 on the men’s 2011 ASP World Ranking, admits he is still looking to gain experience at the major ASP PRIME and Star rated events, but his stellar performance this year, including three ASP Star event wins, puts him in excellent position to qualify for the elite ASP World Tour for 2012.

“I’m still pretty young and I’m just looking to gain experience from these events,” Andino said. “I hoped that the swell would have been a little bigger, but there are still good waves out there, so I just tried to surf without any pressure.”

Tanner Gudauskas was also in sizzling form throughout the entirety of the SuperSurf Internacional, topping a massive list of Brazilian talent including local favorite Wiggolly Dantas, Alex Ribiero, and Jano Belo. Gudauskas’ results push him to No. 38 on the ASP World Ranking, placing him dangerously close to qualifying for the 2012 ASP World Title Events.

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