Kolohe Andino withdraws from entire Aussie leg

Stu Nettle
Swellnet Dispatch

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.

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Distracted Thursday, 25 Mar 2021 at 9:44am

Pity for Kolohe... but great opportunity for Matt.

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savanova Thursday, 25 Mar 2021 at 9:58am

I reckon he should have consulted some doctors here, would have gotten a prescription for a double dose of concrete.

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stunet Thursday, 25 Mar 2021 at 11:02am

During the first few days of quarantine Kolohe was spending time in what looked like a sealed, pressurised sleeping bag that went up to about his chest. Odd looking thing, and it was a shame that he deleted all the photos off his IG account.

I assume now that was to speed up the healing of his ankle.

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Jono Thursday, 25 Mar 2021 at 12:47pm

Did it look like he was sleeping in a giant penis??

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stunet Thursday, 25 Mar 2021 at 1:05pm

Cosy inside a BBC.

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Ben Harding Thursday, 25 Mar 2021 at 2:34pm

hyperbaric oxygen therapy most likely. Assumed that 100 per cent pressurised oxygen speeds recovery up. Clearly not.

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crg Thursday, 25 Mar 2021 at 1:24pm

What a contrast of styles...
Surfed with Matty this morning...he is absolutely ripping...a huge threat in beachie conditions.

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freeride76 Thursday, 25 Mar 2021 at 1:55pm

totally.

I'm not entirely convinced Banting is a CT surfer, but in QS style beachbreaks he could easily win multiple comps.

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truebluebasher Thursday, 25 Mar 2021 at 1:56pm

RipCurl team Rider flukes a back up reserve Wild Card for RipCurl World Rebel Tour
Not really a fluke as WSL said Rip Curl could rort themselves an extra Team rider (They share this fact!)
9th March 2021 RipCurl "Right place at the right Time for Crosby Colapinto!"
https://www.ripcurl.com/au/blog/crosby-colapinto-newcastle-wildcard.html

swellnet stu WOZ Charter -2
https://www.swellnet.com/news/swellnet-dispatch/2021/03/08/woz-charter-f...
(re: 10th March tbb) "Sounds like [+] News for one of Starky's seedlings!"
(Read into that Wot-Ya Like...just talking 'bout how today's stickerz keep falling off !)

That seriously weird thingy Stu describes...sounds like a hyperbaric chamber that NSW VIP athletes use.
NRL players have been using them since 2017 to fast track recovery of fatigue between games.
https://www.oxygeninternational.com.au/

During the Pandemic, they also use them to rid Covid inflammation to FF recovery by 50-70%.
They've streamlined the design very fast in past few years to these portable Boyz Toyz models.
https://miro.medium.com/max/1000/1*-vDW7mmI27Ne3p1EsKbV5Q.jpeg

In Quarantine to cut Covid from 10 days down to 5 days for Med approved [Q] 'Shedder' clearance).

TGA approved of Hyperbaric Covid treatment since start of Pandemic...it's all on the level.
https://www.armidaleexpress.com.au/story/6743607/tassie-warned-against-v...
However! It may not pass Mutant Quarantine Test! (eg: Fast tracking a Mutant is not advisable)

Covid must have sprung from Kolohe's boardbag & WSL fast tracked it, but still couldn't pass the test.
tbb did not wish Covid on any WSL crew in fact went outta the way to warn them of wildcard Covid.

Sure Ok! Laugh at tbb for having a crack!
Kolohe is most likely modelling Kelly's pre teen dreamy Organic Comforters.
https://view.publitas.com/pottery-barn-teen/fall-d1-2017/page/67

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Ben Harding Thursday, 25 Mar 2021 at 2:36pm

spot on with the hyperbaric TBB.

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memlasurf Friday, 26 Mar 2021 at 9:52am

Looks hard work tbb in Kelly's Greek/Spanish/Med/Ken Done world.

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tiger Friday, 26 Mar 2021 at 10:57am

I considered making an early call that Banting will be the highest ranked Aussie after Newcastle/Narrabeen. But being lowest ranked seed he'll come up against the likes of JJF, Gabby, Italo, so will find it tough.

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stunet Friday, 26 Mar 2021 at 11:11am

Classic battler, Matt Banting.

Had two humdrum years on the CT, as many rookies do, then after a few years in the QS wilderness he gathered himself for a second tilt.

In 2019 he only needed one average result going into Hawaii and couldn't manage it, falling one heat win short of qualifying.

In 2020, he smashed the first two events of the season, got a 1st and 5th, and was well on his way to qualification when COVID hit.

 

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Spuddups Friday, 26 Mar 2021 at 2:09pm

In consideration of the current resurgence in twin-fin surfboards they should give MR a wildcard in Newcastle I reckon. The wounded seagull would probably teach a few of these young whipper-snappers a lesson.

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bluediamond Friday, 26 Mar 2021 at 5:57pm

Does this open the door slightly for a spot in the Olympics for Slater? (injury permitting for him)

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icandig Saturday, 27 Mar 2021 at 2:39pm

Dirty wax job not good for ankles Andinoson? Breath in breath out.