SUPPORT THIS INDEPENDENT JOURNALISM
The article you’re about to read is from our reporters doing their important work — investigating, researching, and writing their stories. We want to provide informative and inspirational stories that connect you to the people, issues and opportunities within our community. Journalism requires lots of resources. Today, our business model has been interrupted by the pandemic; the vast majority of our advertisers’ businesses have been impacted. That’s why the DP Times is now turning to you for financial support. Learn more about our new Insider’s program here. Thank you.
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.
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.