“Airs suck. They’re not even fun at all. If you get barreled and come out, or not even get barreled, and you lean into a snowboard carve, backside or forehand, that’s so much more fun than trying to break your knees or ankles on some windy piece of shit wave.” – Kolohe Andino.
For a man whose competitive surfing life has been somewhat built on his signature tail-high air reverse, this statement’s sentiment is one that rings true and doesn’t go unnoticed.
The snowboard carve Kolohe is referring to in this snippet of dialogue taken from his recently-released instant classic, Reckless Isolation, is better known as the down carve. You know the turn. It’s the one that the likes of John John Florence, the late, great Andy Irons, Conner Coffin, and the fresh-faced Ozzie Jai Glindeman do so well because it feels so good. These carving Gods and phenoms have managed to keep the down carve relevant in a time when too many pro surfers are looking to the air for inspiration and points.