Wunderkind Kolohe Andino and "the Best Wave Ever Surfed at Lowers"
|Chasen Marshall/OC Weekly|
|The kid surfs better than you and everyone you know.|
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?