Kolohe Andino: opening the World Surf League with a win | Photo: ASP/Kurt Steinmfetz

Kolohe Andino has claimed the 2015 Shoe City Pro, the first ever surfing competition of the World Surf League era.

The American surfer defeated Ian Gouveia, in two-to-four foot surf at Huntington Beach. Andino used his priority experience, sharp turns and sense of momentum to collect 15.56 and steal the first title of the season.

"I'm stoked to win. This event was really good for me, it just gave me that confident feeling on my board and put me back in a competitive mindset after a little break," reveals Kolohe.

"When I was younger I used to do events every weekend and I felt like I would get into a really good rhythm, so that's kind of what I wanted to do here. It was also cool to compete against guys like Griffin and Crane and Nate from San Clemente who I surf with all the time."

Twenty years ago, the finalists' fathers - Fabio Gouveia and Dino Andino - used to compete against each other. Now, the second surfing generation keeps the classic family battles alive and healthy.

2015 Shoe City Pro | Final

Kolohe Andino (USA) 15.56 def. Ian Gouveia (BRA) 12.73

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