All Photos: Peter Taras
Oceanside, 2005. Kolohe was just about 12 years old here and already doing 360 airs. These were the days when the blow tail was the thang and Kolohe was a master of them. If you watched Snapper this year, you could see how he was keeping those on reserve though. He wasn't doing them every move like in years prior. And some of his rails turns looked amazing.
San Clemente, 2011. You don't see it as much as his frontside, but he has a backside lipper that is pretttty.
San Clemente, 2010. This was one of the photos that didn’t get used for a profile we did right before Kolohe signed some big deals a couple years ago.
Salt Creek, 2009. Kolohe was one of the first guys to really style out the Stalefish. Especially using it in the rotation. And he perfected it early, around age 16 or 17.
San Clemente, 2012. What’s rad about Kolohe is that, even from a young age, he was focused on surfing with power. He never skipped the fundamentals, like some kids tend to do. And I think that’s visible in his surfing today — he’s so technically sound.
Northern California, 2010. This was a good year of waves for California. We were working on a California issue when this was shot and it turned out to be one of the strongest California issues we've ever made. Since that issue, you look at how he influenced his friends and the younger generation in San Clemente. It's pretty crazy. A guy like Ian crane surfing so well these days could definitely be attributed to Kolohe’s push.
I’ve seen a lot of Kolohe in my life. From the 10-year-old grom at NSSA Nationals, to the teenaged hipster, to the superstar signing big contracts and getting loaded with even bigger expectations. Then this year, I didn’t see him at all. No calls, no emails, nothing. And while that felt a little bizarre, it was also pretty cool. Kolohe’s focused on the tour now and I have a feeling it’s going to end up going really well for him. I’m just happy to have been able to shoot with him over the years and watch him grow into what he is today. So here’s a little throw back gallery to some photos of Kolohe, one of my favorite surfers to shoot.
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