Stab Podcast: Is Kolohe Andino A Strategic Mastermind, Or Did He Just Throw $250,000 At A Surf Film For S&Gs? - Stab Mag

Stab Podcast: Is Kolohe Andino A Strategic Mastermind, Or Did He Just Throw $250,000 At A Surf Film For S&Gs?

Timing is everything.

stabfm // Nov 5, 2021
Words by Michael Ciaramella
Reading Time: < 1 minutes

Kolohe Andino is coming to the tail-end of his historic 10-year deal with Nike, which was later transferred to Hurley when the shoe brand left the surf space.

A few months before this contract was set to expire, Kolohe release his first self-made and self-funded feature film, Reckless Isolation, from a month-long trip through Indo with his hometown crew of Ian Crane, Luke Davis, and the Colapinto brothers. From the travel to the music rights to the cross-country tour, the whole ordeal cost Kolohe north of a quarter-million dollars. All out of pocket. 

As it turns out, one man’s frivolous spending is another man’s long-term investment. Kolohe’s commitment to this project caught the eye of many a major surf brand, who, as a result, are now jumping through hoops trying to outbid one another for a spot on Kolohe’s board. 

This raises the question if Kolohe had gamed this all out beforehand, or if it was just a matter of happenstance. Danny and Buck get into some theories in this week’s episode of the Drop (listen above). 

Also in this week’s episode: 

Pete Mel’s Award-Winning Wave (15:20)

A chat about head injuries (25:00)

Gabriel Medina reunites with his real father (29:30)

SEOTY prize is on the rise (36:00)

“The most elaborate surf sin in the history of surf sins” (40:00)

Harry Bryant interview (49:28)

and more!


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