Griffin Colapinto of San Clemente was crowned champion of the WSL Vans US Open of Surfing Pro Junior. Photo: WSL/Morris
Griffin Colapinto of San Clemente was crowned champion of the WSL Vans US Open of Surfing Pro Junior. Photo: WSL/Morris

By Andrea Swayne 

The Dana Point Times congratulates Griffin Colapinto, 16, of San Clemente for conquering a new milestone in his surfing career as winner of the World Surf League Vans US Open of Surfing Pro Junior on Aug. 1 in Huntington Beach.

Griffin Colapinto (right) hoists his first place trophy on the podium after his US Open Pro Junior victory. The other three finalists (L to R) were Cam Richards (South Carolina) in fourth place, Hiroto Arai (Japan) in third, and runner-up Kanoa Igarashi of Huntington Beach. Photo: WSL/Rowland
Griffin Colapinto (right) hoists his first place trophy on the podium after his US Open Pro Junior victory. The other three finalists (L to R) were Cam Richards (South Carolina) in fourth place, Hiroto Arai (Japan) in third, and runner-up Kanoa Igarashi of Huntington Beach. Photo: WSL/Rowland

Ten minutes into the heat Colapinto had comboed his opponents—Hiroto Arai, Kanoa Igarashi and Cam Richards—with a 16.03 two-wave heat total.

Soon Igarashi would respond with a 9.57 ride to take the lead.

Colapinto kept his head and heart in the game and turned in a string of powerful turns for a score of 9.67 to seal the deal.

With this big win, Colapinto is currently the No. 3 rated surfer in the WSL North America Junior Tour.

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