The second big name to fall.
San Clemente’s Kolohe Andino (26) has officially withdrawn from the Australian leg of the World Surf League Championship Tour citing a high ankle sprain. In a message to fans, he wrote:
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 recently sharply criticized the new format of the World Tour, which will likely see the 5th place surfer crowned champion at 2 -3 foot Lower Trestles at the end of the year.
He joins Kelly Slater, who also pulled out due 4-year-old foot injury, and will be replaced by Matt Banting.
No word, as of yet, if Andino and Slater are planning a rebel tour.
More as the story develops.