Kolohe Andino: focused and deadly | Photo: Owen/AOS

Californian powerhouse Kolohe Andino conquered the 2015 Australian Open of Surfing, at Manly Beach, Sydney.

The 20-year-old surfer from San Clemente defeated Mateia Hiquily, 19, in consistent one-to-two meter waves and sunny skies. Andino opened the final with a near-perfect 9.73 left-hand ride.

"I wanted to win the event and I did it. I'm stoked. It's a long event, a big week and you have to take it heat by heat, I've had some momentum and hope I can keep it going, stay on the roll, build confidence and keep it going into Snapper," expressed Kolohe Andino.

"This has been a great event, but I'm not going to take my foot off the gas at all and I'm going to keep getting ready for Snapper. I had a couple of heats where my back was up against the wall and I was able to fight through which is good mental prep for Snapper."

In the Women's event, Laura Enever defeated Tyler Wright to celebrate her first professional event victory since 2010.

"Just before this event I went over to P-pass to surf some perfect waves, and I've been wanting to do that for the last five years," revealed Enever.

"Lately I've been grinding away in contests and to be able to get away and chase a swell made all the difference. It feels so good, it's almost a relief to win something again and in front of the home crowd makes it even better."

2015 Australian Open of Surfing | Finals

Men
Kolohe Andino (USA), 17.06 def. Mateia Hiquily (PYF), 10.13

Women
Laura Enever (AUS), 14.77 def. Tyler Wright (AUS), 13.94

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