Wunderkind Kolohe Andino and “the Best Wave Ever Surfed at Lowers”

nother awe-inspiring day in the life of San Clemente's Kolohe Andino

He won the Under-18 division of the Quiksilver USA Surfing Championships. He had the win locked up with minutes to spare. Then he took off on one final set wave and turned his division title into a footnote. 

With three other surfers out in the lineup at Lower Trestles, all in desperate need of another high-scoring wave, the wave of the finals settled on Andino, as though he willed it to come, desiring a victory lap and a chance to give the non-paying customers on the sand another reason to believe the hype.
Nonchalantly, he stroked into the six-foot face and he pulled the following out of his board bag of tricks (plus some description and insights from the wunderkind himself):


Kolohe Andino wins USA Championships from Nike 6.0 on Vimeo.

Andino's coach, Mike “Snips” Parsons, knows a thing or two about surfing. He was a former ASP World Tour competitor and is heralded as one of the best big-wave surfers around. With those credentials as back-up for making claims, while talking with Surfline, he called the 10-point ride “the best wave ever ridden at Lowers.” 

For the uninitiated, that's saying a hell of a lot. Calling anything the best is always a polarizing move, but for Snips, a guy who's relatively understated most of the time, and who's been around the surfing game for a few decades to throw that out is substantial. Kelly Slater has won contests out here. Before him, Tom Curren made the place his playground whenever he ventured down from Santa Barbara. Throw Matt “Archy” Archbold, Dane Reynolds, Jordy Smith, Dino Andino (Kolohe's father–great genes, huh?), Christian Fletcher and most every respected surfer into that conversation because they've all surfed Lowers, they've all left an imprint with great waves and innovative maneuvers. 

But, according to Snips, Andino's was best. The gloves are off. Any other nominees for waves that would surpass what Brother did on Saturday afternoon?

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