World number sixteen gives vulnerable adult learner a little wet-rub during pre-contest warm-up.
Depending upon which side of the fence you occupy, surfer or VAL, this clip will fill you either with horror or energetically nodding your head in agreement.
The background, if necessary.
Griffin Colapinto, twenty-one, from San Clemente, the world number sixteen, is freesurfing at Manly beach, in Australia, in prep for the qualifying event there. Races down the line, second hit, spins, sees a VAL attempting to takeoff as he comes around, lightens his feet, gently takes him out.
Pretty standard fare for a city beachbreak, armies of VALS all of whom appear to’ve been struck blind and deaf.
Who knows where they’ll appear next?
Taking off down the line? Ejecting above your head?
Griffin wasn’t thrilled and dressed his IG post with a Dane Reynolds quote, taken from an excellent Stab magazine interview.
“Do you ever feel like people who paddle around you cluelessly aren’t good at surfing and can’t possibly be intelligent?”
The response was mixed.
From the VAL army,
franmerurqui It has nothing to do with intelligence and I don’t think it’s right to make fun of a learner’s mistake. We’re all having fun!
Some surfing stupidity…. So, what you are saying is that you were not intelligent when you were learning? In fact, because you are the pro, I believe you should have the control, avoid that clash and explain to him what he did wrong … I don’t know what is happening with surfing nowadays… A lot of idiots in the water..
Stupidest Person Award for the dumbest and riskiest acts. Griffin Colapinto
Pro surfer says “people who aren’t good at surfing can’t possibly be intelligent”. 🤔 If anything is @kookoftheday worthy, it’s this post. Not the surfer who you ran over.
Then a bunch of hits from pro groupies, and a few who don’t buy the pro surfer entitlement thing.
Not everyone dropped out of school, lived in a beachside mansion, and had daddy buy him surfboards. Odds are that most people in the lineup are just doing their best to have fun. Don’t get upset when someone can’t levitate out of the water to get out of the way because Griffin Colapinto decided that he wanted to speed down the line and air rev over someone. You’re a good kid, Griff. Don’t be a prick.
(One clever follower wrote, “You mean the Coffin brothers.”)
The most prescient, of course, was this.
Is it just me.. or.. are there a lack of pros on here responding? Lmao.. Dane layin low on this one.. “sorry this is your potential PR nightmare not mine”.. prob did agree with Cola in private though. Lmao
How do you play this?
PR diz or VAL got his just desserts?