11 September 2012
FCS is pleased to announce the signing of USA surfing phenomenon Kolohe Andino to an exclusive deal that will see him riding Genuine FCS fins and systems, and FCS boardbags and leashes for the next 5 years.
For Kolohe the commitment to FCS comes after a lengthy period of product testing with a number of fin templates in a variety of waves around the world.
“Matt Biolos has been putting FCS in my boards for a while now and they’ve been working out great. I’ve been experimenting with different fin templates to find out what works best for me. My boards with FCS have been performing well no matter where I am”.
Kolohe’s been touted by many as a future world title contender. His competitive maturity combined with his natural ability see him leading the charge of new school surfers destined to dominate the tour in years to come.
FCS Brand Ambassador Richie Lovett commented after Kolohe put pen to paper. “FCS is at the forefront of design representing innovation and quality, and when you think of young innovative surfers at the forefront of professional surfing Kolohe is at the top of the list. FCS is committed to supporting the future superstars of our sport and Kolohe is the perfect fit”.
For Kolohe having access to high quality, reliable equipment was the essence of the deal.
“As a competitive surfer you’re really only as good as your equipment. I’m stoked on my Mayhem’s, and now I have the best fins to go with them. I love that I can switch fins and fine tune my boards, not to mention the travel benefits, and I usually travel with a ton of boards”.
Work on Kolohe’s signature fin has already started, the release of which is scheduled for 2013. The exclusive agreement also includes other FCS product categories; FCS board bags and leashes.
Director of business for FCS in the States Tyler Callaway was instrumental in sealing the deal, liaising closely with Kolohe and his father Dino.
“From the outset Kolohe’s been a pleasure to work with. He’s enthusiastic, really appreciative, and obviously incredibly talented. He also has a great team around him; his father Dino and Mike ‘Snips’ Parsons are two of the best in the business. Add Matt Biolos to the equation and you have a super solid unit. They’ve already provided us with great feedback on everything from the fins and our fin systems, to our boardbags and leashes”.
Kolohe joins a strong team of surfers championing the Genuine FCS system and fins, who’ve collectively won over 40 ASP World Titles.