Kolohe Andino: the future Slater

Kolohe Andino has taken the Coastal Edge Vans Pro in two-to-four foot waves, at 1st Street Jetty, in Virginia Beach. Also victorious today was Nat Young, 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 former ASP World Tour surfer Nathaniel Curran and Leigh Sedley 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 bashes and carves to scalp the highest single-wave score of the entire event, 9.87 out of 10, to solidify the victory.

“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 final 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.”

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 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