2011 was a stellar year for young Californian Kolohe Andino, already one of the most followed and photographed surfers on the planet. He won five 4-Star or 6-Star events on the ASP tour, including the Quiksilver Brazil Open of Surfing, the Vans Pier Classic and the Super Surf International at Sao Paulo, and qualified to compete on the World Championship Tour for the first time. The following year, he immediately proved himself at home in the elite division, finishing 23rd in the end-of-year standings, and securing an impressive third place at the ASP Quiksilver Saquarema Prime. He continued his progress in 2013, with second place at the Vans U.S. Open of Surfing at Huntington Beach. Born on 22nd March 1994, Kolohe (or ‘Brother’ as he is known to friends and fans), began to surf at the age of ten. Having former ASP WCT surfer Dino Andino as his father, and growing up in the surfing hotbed of San Clemente, was a big advantage, and he went on to win nine NSSA championships, a record for a male athlete. He is also the youngest person ever to win the men's open title at a NSSA regional event. Kolohe is famous for his modern repertoire of aerial tricks, including huge one-handed air-reverses, but his strong performance in eight to ten foot surf at the Billabong Pipe Masters in 2012 confirmed that he also has the bottle and the skill to handle himself in waves of consequence - a necessary skill for any world title contender.
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