The WCT's hottest new talent since Filipe Toledo…
Wasn’t it a thrill, back in December, when the San Clemente teenager, Griffin Colapinto, became the first American mainlander since Kelly Slater to win the Triple Crown.
Griffin, who was nineteen, combined with Kolohe Andino to make it a San Clemente one-two. His success in Hawaii wrapped up a spot on the 2018 WCT.
In this five-minute short by the WSL, we meet a kid who took his scrubbing brush and his hammer and his garden shears to his surfing and shaped it into something that separates him, clearly, obviously, from the hundred other teen prodigies.
“This kid is… special!”
Forehand air, backhand airs, power hacks, there is no real weakness”
“Really aggressive throw tails.”
And from Rosy Hodge, the journalist entrusted with the post-heat interviews at tour events.
“Griffin, you better get used to those moments, because you’ll be dong them all year on the WCT.”
Although this profile short doesn’t take the viewer especially deep into Griffin’s life, you do leave the cinema with the feeling that this is a surfer who approaches his game with the single-mindedness of a burglar blowing a safe.
Watch his last-minute Hail Mary at Haleiwa last year to beat Jordy Smith for proof of the instinctive trust he has in his surfing.
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