By Stephen Baxter- Santa Cruz Sentinel
Photo provided by the Association of Surfing Professionals(Kelly Cestari)
SANTA CRUZ — Kolohe Andino isn’t old enough to rent a car.
That’s unfortunate, given that the 18-year-old from San Clemente was expected to find his way around France, Fiji, Australia, Tahiti, Portugal, Brazil and Hawaii on his first year of the Association of Surfing Professionals World Tour.
When people ask Kolohe’s father, Dino Andino, why he travels with his son on tour, his lack of wheels is the first thing he mentions.
“Kolohe’s the youngest guy on tour,” Dino said. “It’s a lonely world out there.”
For Kolohe and pros like 24-year-old South African Jordy Smith, having their fathers’ support while crisscrossing the globe has been a key ingredient to success.
With decades of surf contest knowledge — Dino won a U.S. title in 1990 and was World Tour rookie of the year in 1992 — one of his roles is simply to scout the best waves before heats.