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Wednesday, November 9, 2011
Here comes Kolohe


Kolohe Andino with his third straigh ASP six-star win ... look out Top 32.

Kolohe Andino has won the Fantastic Noodles Kangaroo Island Pro. No, that's not a Japanese game show, it is in fact an ASP six-star event in South Australia, Vivonne Bay to be specific, and stands as Andino's third straight six-star win.

After back-to-back victories in Brazil, the prodigious 17-year-old Californian was able to carry momentum with him to the land Down Under, and for the effort moves up the ASP World Rankings from 31 to 24, greatly increasing his chances of qualifying for the 2012 ASP World Tour (we think, you never know about the ASP's math skills).

"It feels kind of surreal right now. Hopefully I can make the ASP World Title Series for next year now," said Andino in the post-event press release. "I'm just competitive and want to win, I knew there was a lot of opportunity for me to do well here and I'm happy it went my way."

But more than just a payday at an obscure beach, this win is yet another indicator that the up-and-comers have arrived. Earlier in the week 17-year-old Gabriel Medina won the Rip Curl Pro Search in San Francisco, his second win on tour in only four tries.

"After he won that last event I just thought that I have to be on there too," said Andino. "With guys like Gabriel winning events on tour, I just really want to get there."

For pro surfing this transitional this moment is reminiscent of the year Kobe Bryant and Kevin Garnet entered into the NBA. Michael Jordan (aka Kelly Slater) was still playing, still dominating, but it was very obvious a new crew had stepped onto the court and were going to carry the sport to yet another level. Andino, Medina and a handful of others are of the same ilk -- young, talented and hungry. If the progressive revolution started with Slater's generation in the early '90s, this next crop of talent is going to push the barriers further still.