EP 82: Kolohe Andino - Rip Curl WSL Finals predictions, His new film “Reckless Isolation,” Qualifying as a teenager, “Aha” moments on tour, Returning to the jersey, Becoming a father, Board shaping, Beating the Brazilians, and Growing up at Lower Trestles

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San Clemente’s own Championship Tour star and Olympian Kolohe Andino talks about his almost full season away from the tour and his much-anticipated return to competition. He shares his thoughts on the first-ever Rip Curl WSL Finals, makes his World Title picks, discusses the challenge of surfing five heats in a single day, and provides some local insight about his home break of Lower Trestles. He dives into his new film “Reckless Isolation,” shares stories of making it with his closest friends, breaks down some of the standout parts, and looks at surf films’ place in the surfing world. Kolohe also gives us a tour through his long career, from qualifying as a teenager and facing off against alpha dogs like Kelly Slater, Taj Burrow, and Joel Parkinson in their primes, to comparing himself to John John Florence, Gabriel Medina, and Nat Young, to having a game-changing “Aha” moment. He revisits his time away from tour, finding it fun to be a fan, and feeling right back at home in the jersey at his long-awaited return in Tokyo and Mexico. He also touches on adjusting his mentality, focusing on the positives, starting a family, getting into shaping, how to beat the Brazilians, and other stories from life as a self-proclaimed “surf turkey.”

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