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Monday, December 12, 2011
Less Dane, more Brother

By Jake Howard
ESPN Action Sports

All eyes will be on California golden boy Kolohe Andino as he sets out on his rookie year in 2012.

Dane's out, Kolohe's in. That's the news coming out of the Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) today. Announcing their new rankings for the start of the 2012 World Tour season, which will begin in earnest at the Quiksilver Pro Australia at the end of February, Dane Reynolds has officially fallen off tour, while 17-year-old Kolohe "Brother" Andino has qualified.

Most of the names of those on tour next year we've seen before, save Andino, who will be the only true rookie when the tour picks up again in 2012. Andino won three ASP six-star events during the second half of the year to help catapult himself up the rankings, and has long been considered one of California's greatest hopes for a world champion (lets be honest, we all knew Dane never had it in him). Reputed for his gamesmanship in heats and abilities above the lip, the recent Pipe Masters marked his first competitive experience at the infamous reef.

CJ Hobgood will also rejoin the tour after his brief respite. The 2001 world champ fell off last season during the mid-year cutoff, and had seemingly resigned himself to retirement, but good results in Hawaii kicked him up the rankings and back onto tour. Travis Logie is also now officially back on tour, which probably sits very well with him after constantly dangling in on-call status limbo throughout 2011.

Injury wildcards have been awarded to Kai Otton and Yadin Nicol. Nicol made the jump onto tour in the middle of 2011, but after sustaining a broken ankle in Japan shortly after qualifying was forced to sit out the entire year.

The tour also loses a few good men. Fred Patacchia ended up as the first alternate for the 2012 season, so should somebody get injured he'll be tentatively on, but for the moment Hawaii is left with only John Florence and Dusty Payne on tour. Willian Cardoso, Chris Davidson and Thiago Camarao round out the remaining three alternates, respectively.

2012 ASP TOP 34:
1. Kelly Slater (USA)
2. Joel Parkinson (AUS)
3. Taj Burrow (AUS)
4. Gabriel Medina (BRA)
5. Owen Wright (AUS)
6. Adriano de Souza (BRA)
7. Julian Wilson (AUS)
8. Jordy Smith (ZAF)
9. Alejo Muniz (BRA)
10. Michel Bourez (PYF)
11. Josh Kerr (AUS)
12. Damien Hobgood (USA)
13. John John Florence (HAW)
14. Mick Fanning (AUS)
15. Jeremy Flores (FRA)
16. Heitor Alves (BRA)
17. Miguel Pupo (BRA)
18. Adrian Buchan (AUS)
19. Kieren Perrow (AUS)
20. Bede Durbidge (AUS)
21. Raoni Monteiro (BRA)
22. Brett Simpson (USA)
23. Adam Melling (AUS)
24. Kolohe Andino (USA)
25. C.J. Hobgood (USA)
26. Tiago Pires (PRT)
27. Jadson Andre (BRA)
28. Matt Wilkinson (AUS)
29. Patrick Gudauskas (USA)
30. Dusty Payne (HAW)
31. Travis Logie (ZAF)
32. Taylor Knox (USA)
33. Kai Otton (AUS) *surfer wildcard (next on the ASP World Rankings)
34. Yadin Nicol (AUS) *surfer wildcard (injury)
1st Alternate: Fredrick Patacchia (HAW)
2nd Alternate: Willian Cardoso (BRA)
3rd Alternate: Chris Davidson (AUS)
4th Alternate: Thiago Camarao (BRA)