Koa Rothman Wins O’Neill Wave of the Winter

Koa Rothman Wins O’Neill Wave of the Winter

Watch Eli Olson present this years #ONeill #WaveOfTheWinter check for 25K to the overall winner, Koa Rothman.

Koa’s ultra deep Pipe barrel back in January took top honors over a stacked group of finalists.

“As soon as I started scratching into it, it started growing,” Rothman said of this special Pipe wave. “And it looked like a straight closeout. I almost straightened out, but I was like, ‘f++k it’ and went for it. I’ve never been that deep in a barrel, ever. I was just hanging on and trying to pump at the same time.”

Koa’s winning wave:

Koa Rothman Wins O'Neill Wave of the Winter

Read it on Surfline.

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