Kolohe ANDINO

United States of America USA

Surfing

  • Games participations
    1
  • First Olympic Games
    Tokyo 2020
  • Year of Birth
    1994
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Biography

Kolohe ANDINO

Surfing is in the blood of California native Kolohe Andino.

The second-generation professional surfer is the son of Dino Andino a former national champion, and World Surfing League (WSL) Championship Tour (CT) competitor. At just two-years-old Dino started to take his son Kolohe, meaning “little rascal” in Hawaiian, out on a board to experience life on the waves.

Andino’s formative surfing years were defined by success. Urged on by his father-coach he won his first ever contest in 2002, aged eight, and then three years later won his first ever national title. In total, the American has collected nine National Scholastic Surfing Association titles as an amateur, more than any other male competitor in the history of the sport. In 2009, Andino was tipped to take the junior NSSA title, but instead made history when he became Men’s Open champion at just 15-year-old.

His breakout year came in 2011 when he emerged victorious at the Vans Pro Junior and five other events in the Men’s Qualifying Series. It meant that, at just 18, Andino became a full-time competitor in the CT – surfing’s most elite competition.

Despite such a rich history in winning, Andino is still yet to bag his first CT victory. But where first place victory may have alluded him, the American has still delivered in consistency, pushing fellow competitors on the tour hard. Five Final appearances including two in 2019 were enough for Andino to become the first U.S. surfer to qualify for Tokyo 2020.

There were some concerns regarding Andino’s fitness in the leadup to the Games. The 27-year-old was in an operating room in April addressing a longstanding ankle injury which forced him to withdraw from the CT in March. But he made it to Shidashita Beach, pulling off the highest-scoring move of the tournament up to that point - a slob frontside air reverse - when he got past compatriot John John Florence in the heats. Andino went on to finish fifth after losing to Kanoa Igarashi in the quarters.

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