Back to back wins for Brother.
Yesterday Kolohe Andino won the Q6000 Hurley Australian Open of Surfing at Manly. Brother was on a tear all event and looks to have sharpened his game further going into the 2015. The defending champion of the event can now boast back to back wins at the Aus Open and take a lot of confidence into the first event of the CT season at Snapper Rocks.
“This has been a great event, but I’m not going to take my foot off the gas at all and I’m going to keep getting ready for Snapper,” Andino said. “I had a couple of heats where by back was up against the wall and I was able to fight through which is good mental prep for Snapper. I hadn’t really heard of Mateia (Hiquily) before, but I was super impressed by his surfing at this event, he was lighting these waves up — I told him to keep the momentum going and to go and get another result in Newcastle next week.”
In the women's event Laura Enever was crowned champion after defeating reigning six-time World Champion Stephanie Gilmore and World No. 2 in the final.
“Just before this event I went over to P-pass to surf some perfect years and I’v been wanting to do that for the last five years,” Enever said. “Lately I’ve been grinding away in contests and to be able to get away and chase a swell made all the difference. It feels so good, it’s almost a relief to win something again and in front of the home crowd makes it even better.”
The surprise package of the event however was Tahitian Mateia Hiquily, taking down big names the likes of Mick Fanning, Ryan Callinan, Billy Stairmand, and Joan Duru all the way to a runner-up finish.
“I’m speechless right now, I’m so happy!” Hiquily said. “I trained really hard for this event, then two weeks ago hurt my shoulder so I’ve been taking it easy and it worked for me. I won a QS at home in Tahiti last year but it was a small one, so to now get a 2nd place at a QS6000 is huge for my confidence.”