The kids are back in San Clemente, and that means high-flying show-off sessions at the beachbreaks. After six weeks on the great Australian highway, Kolohe Andino and his teenage peers have returned home. A potent dose of combo swell have ensured they've been able to apply all they've learned during their time away. Typically this is about the time of year they'd be gearing up for the ASP Prime at Lowers, but since it's not on the calendar, they've just been having fun.
At about 10:00am on April 7, Andino, Jeremy Carter and crew were in the water rinsing off the road grime. Andino stroked into a chest-high runner, gave two pumps down the line, launched, rotated and stomped.
On the beach, nestled into the cold morning sand, father Dino and coach Mike Parsons critique what they'd just seen.
"Now how do you translate that to the judges?" pondered Andino the elder.
And therein lies the dilemma surfers like Andino face: how does one take the drama and risk of aerial surfing and leverage that against an ASP judging criteria, that based on the world tour evidence presented thus far this year, is more full-rail leaning?
Up the beach former women's world champ Lisa Andersen paddled into a clean right-hander, and connects three nice turns, kicking out on the beach and illustrating the grace that traditional surfing can carry.
Unknowingly, Andino counters with another big rotator. He's a hero to the kids.
The secret of "progressive surfing" is in the technicality; the grabs, the rotations, the inversion factor, the confidence in the landing, et al. And when one takes a minute to breakdown exactly what's going on in the air, Andino's frontside three is nothing short of impressive ... even if the judges don't always agree.