Kolohe Andino: surfing backwards

The Hurley Pro 2013 as completed the remaining eight heats of Round 2, in glassy one-to-three foot (1 metre) waves, at Lower Trestles.


John John Florence suffered the biggest upset of the day. The Hawaiian was defeated by Alejo Muniz, who unloaded polished backhand combinations to earn his position in Round 3.

"I was a little bit nervous because John John beat me here in his rookie year. Before my heat I talked to Mikey Picon and he told me the lefts were better than the rights on the set waves", explains Muniz.

Fred Patacchia dominated the righthanders with searing backhand combinations, besting fellow goofy footer Miguel Pupo, with the day’s high heat total of 17.43 to secure a Round 3 berth.

"I kept an eye out for the rights and got a couple. My boards have been feeling good under my feet and I know when I get a right I can put it up in to the lip and throw a nice fin. Ever since Bali, my backhand has been my go-to", says Patacchia.

Jeremy Flores had an impressive display of versatility, topping Yadin Nicol to secure a Round 3 berth. Flores was careful with his wave selection and admitted that patience was crucial in earning a heat victory.

"On the Dream Tour, we’re surfing really good waves all of the time so we’re not used to competing in these conditions, but you have to be a complete surfer", underlines Flores.

Kolohe Andino capped off the day with an impressive routing of lethal goofy-footer Matt Wilkinson. Andino was in sizzling form in the afternoon conditions, blending full-rail hacks with progressive aerials to emphatically advance into Round 3 of competition.

Upcoming Hurley Pro 2013 Round 3 Matchups:

Jordy Smith (ZAF) vs. Brett Simpson (USA)
C.J. Hobgood (USA) vs. Gabriel Medina (BRA)
Taj Burrow (AUS) vs. Kolohe Andino (USA)
Adriano de Souza (BRA) vs. Fredrick Patacchia (HAW)
Kai Otton (AUS) vs. Jeremy Flores (FRA)
Kelly Slater (USA) vs. Patrick Gudauskas (USA)
Mick Fanning (AUS) vs. Alejo Muniz (BRA)
Michel Bourez (PYF) vs. Sebastian Zietz (HAW)
Josh Kerr (AUS) vs. Bede Durbidge (AUS)
Nat Young (USA) vs. Travis Logie (ZAF)
Julian Wilson (AUS) vs. Filipe Toledo (BRA)
Joel Parkinson (AUS) vs. Adam Melling (AUS)