From Transworld Surf Magazine, January 2012.
Kolohe Andino’s Rainbow Squad
Transworld: How many boards do you go through a year?
Kolohe Andino: Around 160. Some boards I’ll only have for one or two sessions. I get my boards glassed so light that they might last only one event. I just have to keep ‘em coming.
If Dane is doing all these crazy things on a Dumpster Diver, why aren’t you riding one?
That’s pretty funny. If you ask Dane about his model, he will tell you Channel Islands copied it straight off a Roberts Model, and Roberts copied it off the Mayhem Rocket model. Matt was shaping so-called Dumpster Divers before the term even existed. He’s always been telling me to ride those things since I was a little kid, claiming how great they work in little stuff. I grew up surfing the Dumpster Diver in NSSA events and across the world.
Do you think by the time you’re on the World Tour boards will be shorter than what pros are riding today?
If I’m on the tour, hopefully soon, I don’t think they’ll be changing much. But if you look at Kelly, he’s riding so much less board than me it’s insane. He’s just a freak. He’s an exception. Most guys are only riding an inch or so shorter than they used to.
Have you tried riding one of Kelly’s boards?
Yeah, I rode one of his boards when he was free surfing after the Lowers event. It felt really good—loose and really fast down the line.
Boards (from left to right): All surfboards shaped by Matt “Mayhem” Biolos
1. 5’10” x 19 x 2 ¼ – (This is my everyday board for small surf back home. It surfs good at the beachbreaks and small Lowers).
2. 5’5” x 19 ¼ x 2 ½
3. 6’1” x 18 ½ x 2 1/8
4. 5’10” x 18 ½ x 2 1/8 (This is my magic board. It’s for when there’s a bit more swell. It works perfect in head high and even a bit bigger.)
5. 5’11” x 18.9 x 2 1/8
6. 16” x 7 ¾ (This is probably my favorite board in the picture. I’ve been taking it down to Creek and getting barreled in the shorebreak. I just started getting into hand planes, but I’ve had some really memorable sessions on it actually.)