Kolohe Andino: how good is that?

Kolohe Andino (San Clemente, CA), 16, won the Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) Grade-4 Nike 6.0 Unsound Junior Pro over Nat Young (Santa Cruz, CA), 19, in Long Beach, New York after a marathon day of competition in peaky one-to-three foot surf to take an early season lead on the new ASP North America Pro Junior Series ratings.

Surfers competing on the ASP North America Pro Junior Series are out to finish atop the regional ratings to qualify for the prestigious ASP World Junior Tour and the Nike 6.0 Unsound Junior Pro’s heightened ASP Grade-4 status will play a vital role in competitors overall standing for the season.

Andino remained focused on his wave selection throughout the event’s entirety despite the tricky conditions and his patients paid off, putting Young in a combination situation in the Final to take out the Nike 6.0 Unsound Junior Pro victory.

“Everyone was surfing so well and I’m just stoked to have ended up in the Final,” Andino said. “There are lots of waves out there, but wave selection is such a huge part of surfing heats. I just tried to focus on myself and focus on my wave selection.”

Andino hopes to carry the momentum from his ASP Grade-4 win to the first stop on the ASP World Junior Tour, the Oakley Pro Junior in Bali.

“I’m really excited about heading to Bali and I’ve been working with my shaper Matt Biolis on getting my boards ready,” Andino said. “I’ll be traveling with Luke Davis and my Dad and it should be fun, I can’t wait.”

Young, who posted the highest heat total of the day, a 16.40 out of 20 in his Quarterfinals heat, was in top form throughout the event’s entirety, defeating fellow Californian Conner Coffin (Santa Barbara, CA), 17, hungry Hawaiian Tanner Hendrickson (Haiku, HAW), 17, and ASP Pro Junior standout Keanu Asing (Ewa Beach, HI), 18, but was unable to find a rhythm against Andino in the Final.

“The tide got really high and the wind switched offshore,” Young said. “Everything that could go wrong went wrong for me out there. It was tough. I’m bummed. To make it to the Final and lose is always hard.”

Conner Coffin (Santa Barbara, CA), 17, tore through the opening rounds of competition in the small punchy waves on a magic contest board, but was unable to find the scores needed to surpass Young in the Semifinals. The explosive regular-footer’s equal 3rd place results sets him in excellent position on the ASP North America Pro Junior Series ratings.

“I’m super excited on this result,” Coffin said. “I missed the World Juniors by one spot last year, so I’m psyched on this as my first result of the new season, especially since it’s a Grade-4.”

Coffin, who earned a wildcard berth into the first event on the ASP World Junior Tour, the Oakley Pro Junior in Bali, will turn his focus on preparing for the event once he returns home.

“I have a wildcard from Oakley into the Bali event and hopefully I can get a wildcard into Narrabeen if I do well in the first event,” Coffin said. “I hope we get some waves at home and I can just surf a lot and maybe do some yoga to stay flexible before the contest.”

Balaram Stack (Long Beach, NY), 18, earned his career-best result at his home break and put on an excellent performance before falling to eventual Nike 6.0 Unsound Junior Pro winner, Andino in the Quarterfinals.

“I surf here every day and to have the best surfers here at my home break has just blown my mind,” Stack said. “To take them to the city as well and show them around has been amazing.”

The equal 5th place result earned by the native New Yorker puts him in excellent position on the ASP North America Pro Junior Series and he hopes to carry the momentum on to the next event, the Fins Pro Junior in New Jersey.

“I’m psyched on this result,” Stack said. “I’ve only made the Quarterfinals a few times and to do it in a Grade-4, the points are really good for my rating. I’m looking to do well in the next few events.”

Nike 6.0 Unsound Jr. Pro Final Result:
1 - Kolohe Andino 15.50
2 - Nat Young (USA) 10.70

Anthony Kiedis: popular for being a surfer

On Saturday, September 11, 2010 Martyn Lenoble and Christina Applegate will host the Surfrider Foundation's fifth annual Celebrity Expression Session at First Point, Surfrider Beach in Malibu at 12p.m.

The 45-minute free surf gives celebrity surfers from music, film and television the opportunity to have some fun demonstrating their skills at Malibu's famous point, while also raising money and awareness for the Surfrider Foundation.

This year's confirmed celebrity participants include musicians Anthony Kiedis, Flea, Eric Avery and Martyn LeNoble, actors Eric Balfour, Austin Nichols, Brian Geraghty and Sam Trammell.

In addition to simply showcasing their surfing abilities, the celebrity contestants will be helping to raise money for the Surfrider Foundation. For every wave caught and ridden, event sponsors Cali Bamboo and Barefoot Wine will donate $100 per wave back to the Foundation.

Admission to the Surfrider Foundation Celebrity Expression Session and MSA Classic is free and open to the public - if you're in the Los Angeles area, we hope to see you there!

Confirmed 2010 CES Participants

Martyn Lenoble (Host, Pornos For Pyros)
Anthony Kiedis (Red Hot Chili Peppers)
Flea (Red Hot Chili Peppers)
Sam Trammell (True Blood)
Eric Balfour (Haven)
Austin Nichols (One Tree Hill)
Eric Avery (Jane's Addiction)
Brian Geraghty (The Hurt Locker)

Source: Surfrider Foundation

Dominican groms: she has a surfing future

Under a bright tropical sun, a gentle breeze and the beauty of the almond trees, young surfers from across the country (Santo Domingo, Boca Chica, Nizao, Rio San Juan, Cabarete, Sosua and Bahoruco) showcased their talent in the strong waves of the Atlantic Ocean at Playa Encuentro in Cabarete, in the province of Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic.

The young athletes delighted the audience and demonstrated their best maneuvers to the judges in a close competition held over the last weekend of summer.

The National Championship "Summer Surf Gromfest 2010" was organized by the alliance of Chino School Surf School of Cabarete, and the Dominican Surfing Federation (FEDOSURF), and supported by local businesses.

The event was attended by special guest Ms. Claritza Ruiz, President of the Chapter of the City of Cabarete, Mr. Nestor Puente, President of FEDOSURF, and Mr. Daniel Francisco, President of the Association of Surfing Puerto Plata (ASPP).

Ms. Ruiz addressed the crowd with moving words of support and encouragement to all athletes, coaches and spectators attending the event, and expressed her appreciation for the efforts displayed in promoting and developing the sport of surfing for young people on the beaches of Cabarete and on surfing beaches across the country.

Results of the event follow:


1st Kai Robert
2nd Esteban Castillo
3rd Brian Count
4th Nicolás de la Cruz


1st Lea Berrue
2nd Julia Oliva


1st Kristof Kele
2nd Daniel Santana
3rd Yonauris Acevedo
4th Gian Marcos Oliva


1st Daniel Santana
2nd Luis Alfredo Félix
3rd Gian Marcos Oliva
4th Joel López