Brother's Rising: Young Surf Ripper Kolohe Andino Takes 6-Star Quiksilver Brazil Open of Surfing
It’s safe to say that Kolohe “Brother” Andino loves Brazil.
Despite loads of local talent in the South American hotspot, the young Oakley Surf Team ripper dominated the surf during his stay, emerging victorious at the ASP World 6-Star Quiksilver Brazil just a few days after claiming the 6-Star SuperSurf Internacional.
The budding star charged back from behind to overtake Brazil’s Hizunome Bettero before a raucous crowd at Arpoador Beach in Rio de Janeiro in 3-4 foot sets.
“It was a really tough Final,” Kolohe said, rocking his Oakley eyewear. “I knew I was facing a great surfer who, like me, was having a good event. We both found good waves, but there was a moment there when I thought I was going to lose. There was a long lull, but when the waves started coming in again, I got those two good scores on the airs I landed on the right-handers for the win.”
The back-to-back triumphs catapult Brother up to No. 24 on the ASP World Rankings – all-but-locking up a spot for the San Clemente (California) native on the 2012 Dream Tour.
“All I can say is that Brazil has been amazing,” he continued. “The place is beautiful, the people have treated us so well, the food is good and the waves for me have been great. My results here were excellent and I was able to move up in the rankings but I haven’t even stopped to think about it and I still don’t feel like I’m on the ASP World Tour. I came here only thinking of surfing well, having fun and I won two contests. So, I’m going to keep that same attitude.”
The final was as heated as expected.
Bettero sent the first volley – scoring a 7.5 out of the gates. But Brother found his way to a long left-hander, grabbing a monster 8.83.
Not to be outdone, Bettero stormed back, racking in a huge 9.07 with four consecutive turns – capped off by a 360 frontside air.
Brother would have none of it, busting out an 8.40 with an air of his own.
Despite attempts by Bettero to catch up, Kolohe eventually sealed the deal with a huge one-handed air-reverse on a right – totaling 17.50 to the Brazilian’s 16.57.
Congrats to Brother on a more-than-epic trip to Brazil!