Kolohe Andino Wins 2011 Kangaroo Island Pro in Australia
With Gabriel Medina as his role model, Kolohe Andino trumped his competition at the 2011 Kangaroo Island Pro and dreams of making it to the ASP World Title Series.
Kolohe Andino continued to add to his list of accomplishments this season, clinching his third-consecutive ASP 6-Star event at the 2011 Fantastic Noodles Kangaroo Island Pro when he defeated Kiwi surfer Jay Quinn at Kangaroo Island, Australia.
Kolohe Andino clinched back-to-back wins last month in Brazil, winning both the SuperSurf Internacional and the Quiksilver Brasil Open of Surfing and maintained his form after entering the Fantastic Noodles Kangaroo Island Pro as the top seed, donating dominant performances on each day of competition.
“Kangaroo Island is like an ideal place for me,” said Andino. “It’s really country, there’s not a lot of people around, it’s great. There were even some wallabies hopping around our cabin the other night, my friends and I were freaking out. I’m feeling confident at this event. I’ve got good boards and I’m stoked to get through.”
Andino’s win in Australia launches him up the ASP World Rankings to No. 24, putting him in a likely position to join the elite ASP World Tour for 2012.
"It feels kind of surreal right now," said Andino. "Hopefully I can make the ASP World Title Series for next year now. With guys like Gabriel Medina winning events on tour, I just really want to get there. After he won that last event I just thought that I have to be on there too."
After the 2011 Kangaroo Island Pro, Kolohe Andino is off to Hawaii for the ASP 6-Star Reef Hawaiian Pro.
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