Riding his Mayhem shaped board San Clemente’s Kolohe Andino won his second 6 Star WQS in a row at the Brazil Open of Surfing in Rio de Janeiro today. Lost rider Hizunome Bettero finished second to Kolohe on Kolohe’s “Scorcher” model surfboard. It was a seesaw final that saw the lead change several times. With under 10 minutes remaining Hizunome had the lead after scoring a 7.5 and a 9.07 for two solid left handers. The 9.07 he slammed it 4 times did a sick air at the end. Kolohe needed a big score at the end and went on a short right hander, launched a huge frontside air reverse and scored an 8.5 to take a narrow lead into the final minutes of the final. Then with under 2 minutes remaining they split a peak. Hizunome slammed the left twice for a nice score but Kolohe launched an even bigger air on the right for a 9.1 and his second 6 Star WQS Brazil win in a row. Kolohe now sits at 28th on the One World Rankings – within WT qualification with two more Prime events (Santa Cruz and Sunset) and two more 6 Star events (Kangaroo Island and Haleiwa) on the schedule. Hizunome jumped to 46th on the rankings. Congrats to both Kolohe and Hizunome and good luck for the rest of the year.
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Hizunome swooping on Arpoador’s left hander. Photo: BRASILOPENOFSURFING.COM.BR
Hizunome slams the end section. Photo: BRASILOPENOFSURFING.COM.BR
Hizunome mixed it up with air and solid carves like this one. Photo: BRASILOPENOFSURFING.COM.BR
Podium finish. Photo: BRASILOPENOFSURFING.COM.BR
Hizunome eyeing the lip. Photo: BRASILOPENOFSURFING.COM.BR
Kolohe’s two frontside airs in the final ended up being enough to edge out Hizunome for the win. Photo: BRASILOPENOFSURFING.COM.BR