Kolohe Andino withdraws from entire Aussie leg
Kolohe Andino yesterday announced that he will be withdrawing from the Australian CT leg due to the reoccurrence of an ankle injury. Andino first injured himself in February but was hoping to recover before the first CT event in Newcastle.
"Sorry to have to message this today, but I’m officially withdrawing from the four-event Australian leg of the WSL Championship Tour.
"While training in Hawaii during the February Valentine’s Day swell, I suffered a high ankle sprain that I had hoped would heal in time for the next CT event. I came to Oz to Quarantine and see if it would be better in time for Newcastle or even Narrabeen.
"Unfortunately, in the first few days of testing after Quarantine, I re-injured it, and, after consulting with my doctors in the US, I’ve made the decision to withdraw and get ready for the post-Australia events.
"It’s a hard one to deal with, but I appreciate everyone’s support and I’ll look to get back in the water as soon as possible. Good luck to everyone competing in Australia. I’ll be watching."
Andino is the second big name to withdraw from the leg after Kelly Slater cited a longstanding foot injury.
It's still unknown how many events will be held this season, yet it's highly unlikely either surfer will be able to requalify for the 2022 CT without resorting to an injury wildcard. The WSL grants two injury wildcards per year.
Andino's place in the four Australian contests goes to the highest-ranked surfer on the Australia/Oceania Qualifying Series rankings, Matt Banting.