Kolohe Andino Wins ECSC

Kolohe Andino Wins ASP 4-Star Vans Pro At The Coastal Edge ECSC

Kolohe Andino. Photo: Hilleman
Kolohe Andino. Photo: Hilleman

For the first time in the 49-year history of the ECSC the marquee pro final went off without a single East Coast surfer. Instead Californian’s Kolohe Andino, Luke Davis, and Nathaniel Curran along with Australian Leigh Sedley squared off in clean chest high VB rights.

Kolohe came away victorious, and we caught up with him on his way to the airport…

Transworld SURF: Yeah Kolohe congrats on your big ECSC win.

Thanks, I’m stoked. It’s not too many points but I made 12 grand, plus another thousand for the Jr. final. More than anything it’s great for my confidence since I’m going to Spain for a 6-Star on Sunday.

Is everyone running for the airport to get away from this hurricane?

It’s pretty heavy. A lot of my friends are on standby flights. Luckily I’m with Snips [Mike Parsons] and he’s the weather guy and knew it was going to get gnarly, so yesterday he made sure to book us flights for tonight. The vibe around the ECSC was wild – when I woke up this morning the whole beach set up was practically gone after they spent an entire night taking everything down. It was a rush to the finish today.

This entire setup was dismantled overnight in preparation for Hurricane Irene. Photo: Hilleman
This entire setup was dismantled overnight in preparation for Hurricane Irene. Photo: Hilleman

How many times have you been to Virginia Beach?

This was my first time, so I bought a green VB shirt and I’m wearing it right now. [Laughs]

Where are you headed tonight?

I’m flying to California. I need a day to regroup and get clean clothes before Spain. I haven’t been home since before the US Open.

What did you do with that oversized check?

I just threw it in my board bag, which is really heavy right now. It’s so full with wet trunks, clothes, and shoes that I can barely carry it.

Hopefully the traffic isn’t out of control with all the evacuations.

Yeah, it doesn’t seem too bad which is weird since the hurricane is going to hit right here – but I’m definitely glad to be getting on a flight.

Luke Davis congratulating good friend/rival Kolohe. Photo: Hilleman
Luke Davis congratulating good friend/rival Kolohe. Photo: Hilleman

Andino and Young Win ASP 4-Star Coastal Edge presents Vans Pro and Vans Pro Junior

VIRGINIA BEACH, Virginia/USA (Friday, August 26, 2011) – Kolohe Andino (San Clemente, CA), 17, has won the ASP 4-Star Coastal Edge presents Vans Pro presented by Rockstar and Skullcandy in two-to-four foot waves at 1st Street Jetty in Virginia Beach. Also victorious today was Nat Young (Santa Cruz, CA), 20, who took out the final stop on the ASP North America Pro Junior Series, the Vans Pro Junior.

While the men’s ASP 4-Star and ASP Pro Junior events were expected to run over the weekend, Hurricane Irene’s current trajectory is estimated to touch down in Virginia Beach overnight, forcing a mandatory early finish today in order to complete this year’s contest.

Andino went on a tear on the last day of competition and notched the main event’s highest heat-total of 16.27 out of 20 while finaling in both the ASP 4-Star Men’s and Pro Junior divisions. The regular-footer topped ASP Pro Junior standout Luke Davis (Capistrano Beach, CA), 18, former ASP World Tour surfer Nathaniel Curran (Oxnard, CA), 27, and Leigh Sedley (Sunshine Coast, AUS), 28, to earn his victory and finished 4th place in the Vans Pro Junior before winning the men’s main event. The performance marks his second double-final of the season.

“I surfed seven heats today so I was really tired, especially in the last Final,” Andino said. “I couldn’t really pick one or the other to win if I had to choose, because Nat (Young) and all the guys in the Junior are such amazing surfers, they’re just as good as everyone in the men’s Final. I was stoked to win this one, but I wanted to win both events for sure.”

Nat Young looked extremely comfortable on the sloping righthand faces at 1st Street Jetty, which looked similar to his home-break in Santa Cruz, California. The goofy-footer built momentum throughout the Final, dropping a 7.17 to start and put on a backhand clinic when he smashed a series of furious backhand bashes and carves to scalp the highest single-wave score of the entire event a 9.87 to solidify the victory.

Nat Young, victorious. Photo: Hilleman
Nat Young, victorious. Photo: Hilleman

“It was good to get that wave at the beginning, to start off with that was good,” Young said. “I was out the back and that one came. It was just the perfect wave, it’s probably the best wave I’ve ever seen out here.”

Young, former ASP North America Pro Junior Series Champion, was competing in his last regional ASP Pro Junior event and was elated to clinch the Vans Pro Junior in his last event in the under-21 series.

“This is my last Junior event other than worlds (World Junior Tour) and it’s awesome to come out here with the win,” Young said. “It’s what I came here to do and I’m happy.”

Luke Davis (Capistrano Beach, CA), 18, who finished runner-up to Andino in the men’s main event, put on an amazing display of progressive maneuvers and stylish carving turns on the final day of competition. The San Clemente regular-footer was not only responsible for the highest single-wave score of men’s Vans Pro competition with a near-perfect 9.50 out of 10 in the Semifinals, but also secured his position for the 2011 ASP World Junior Tour with his equal 9th place finish in the Vans Pro Junior.

“I knew coming into this event that it was the last chance to qualify for worlds and I really wanted to make it because the competition is so tough in that division especially,” Davis said. “Unfortunately I lost in the Quarters (Pro Junior Quarterfinals), but I made the Final in the men’s so that was a plus.”

For Coastal Edge presents Vans Pro and Vans Pro Junior highlights log on to www.vans.com/vanspro.

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Coastal Edge presents Vans Pro Final Result:
1 – Kolohe Andino (USA) 12.67
2 – Luke Davis (USA) 11.64
3 – Nathaniel Curran (USA) 10.50
4 – Lee Sedley (AUS) 9.16

Coastal Edge presents Vans Pro Semifinals Results:

SF 1: Kolohe Andino (USA) 16.27, Leigh Sedley (AUS) 12.66, Brian Toth (PRI) 11.47, Derek Peters (USA) 11.17
SF 2: Luke Davis (USA) 15.50, Nathaniel Curran (USA) 10.87, Conner Coffin (USA) 10.60, Brad Ettinger (USA) 9.93

Coastal Edge presents Vans Pro Quarterfinals Results:
QF 1: Leigh Sedley (USA) 13.47, Derek Peters (USA) 11.20, Ben Bourgeois (USA) 10.13, Kaimana Jaquias (HAW) 9.67
QF 2: Kolohe Andino (USA) 12.23, Brian Toth (PRI) 10.00, Michael Dunphy (USA) 9.86, Michael February (ZAF) 8.16
QF 3: Nathaniel Curran (USA) 12.80, Conner Coffin (USA) 11.67, Cody Thompson (USA) 11.27, Parker Coffin (USA) 10.33
QF 4: Brad Ettinger (USA) 10.40, Luke Davis (USA) 10.26, Blake Jones (USA) 9.96, Jeremy Johnston (USA) 9.37

Coastal Edge presents Vans Pro Round of 32 Results:
Heat 1: Derek Peters (USA) 10.00, Michael Dunphy (USA) 8.40, Nathan Yeomans (USA) 7.33, Kalani David (HAW) 4.43
Heat 2: Kaimana Jaquias (HAW) 15.00, Michael February (ZAF) 11.50, Ian Crane (USA) 7.83, Evan Geiselman (USA) 4.56
Heat 3: Ben Bourgeois (USA) 12.77, P.J. Raia (USA) 12.67, Eddie Guilbeau (USA) 5.37, Jake Halstead (USA) 3.88
Heat 4: Kolohe Andino (USA) 13.24, Leigh Sedley (AUS) 11.17, Carlos Munoz (CRI) 6.63, Evan Thompson (USA) 4.17
Heat 5: Conner Coffin (USA) 10.24, Blake Jones (USA) 10.00, Nat Young (USA) 8.67, Dylan Kowalski (USA) 7.33
Heat 6: Nathaniel Curran (USA) 11.50, Brad Ettinger (USA) 11.33, Balaram Stack (USA) 10.57, Kyle Garson (USA) 7.90
Heat 7: Luke Davis (USA) 13.90, Cody Thompson (USA) 10.33, Torrey Meister (USA) 10.27, Tanner Hendrickson (HAW) 8.80
Heat 8: Jeremy Johnston (USA) 12.60, Parker Coffin (USA) 10.67, Cameron Richards (USA) 10.33, Mark Dawson (USA) 7.10

Coastal Edge presents Vans Pro Junior Final Result:
1 – Nat Young (USA) 17.04
2 – Tanner Hendrickson (HAW) 12.63
3 – Keanu Asing (HAW) 10.33
4 – Kolohe Andino (USA) 7.33

Coastal Edge presents Vans Pro Junior Semifinal Results:
SF 1: Keanu Asing (HAW) 13.63, Nat Young (USA) 13.13, Andrew Doheny (USA) 12.43, Conner Coffin (USA) 12.30
SF 2: Kolohe Andino (USA) 14.30, Tanner Hendrickson (HAW) 12.27, Dylan Goodale (HAW) 12.17, Evan Thompson (USA) 11.90

Coastal Edge presents Vans Pro Junior Quarterfinals Results:
QF 1: Conner Coffin (USA) 15.67, Nat Young (USA) 14.50, P.J. Raia (USA) 9.46, Carlos Munoz (CRI) 8.30
QF 2: Andrew Doheny (USA) 12.66, Keanu Asing (HAW) 8.30, Chase Wilson (USA) 7.40, Balaram Stack (USA) 3.83
QF 3: Evan Thompson (USA) 12.80, Kolohe Andino (USA) 11.34, Derek Peters (USA) 10.70, Fisher Heverly (USA) 7.33
QF 4: Tanner Hendrickson (HAW) 15.17, Dylan Goodale (HAW) 12.36, Luke Davis (USA) 11.50, Evan Geiselman (USA) 10.56

2011 ASP North America Qualifiers for the ASP World Junior Tour
1 – Kolohe Andino
2 – Nat Young
3 – Conner Coffin
4 – Evan Geiselman
5 – Andrew Doheny
6 – Luke Davis

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