Griffin Colapinto

Who the hell are you, and why should we care?

I’m Griffin Colapinto, and you should care because I love surfing and want to keep getting better for a while yet.

How old are you, and where are you from?

I’m 18 years old, from San Clemente, California. 

What does surfing give to you?

Surfing keeps me fresh, and it helps me keep my mind clear. If you start your day in the water how can you go wrong?

What do you bring to the surfing world?

Hopefully style and high performance surfing. It’s cool to think that maybe a kid would want to surf like me, the way I grew up watching Julian Wilson, Jordy Smith, Mick Fanning and Andy Irons.

 My biggest achieve in surfing is…

Winning the US Open Juniors, getting a 3rd in a QS6000 in Brazil, which was a turning point in my year. I got a 9th at Haleiwa at the end of last year, but it wasn’t the result there, I did an air that got a lot of talk, and kinda put my name out there.

Were you surprised by how much hype that one move generated?

A little bit, year. But then I saw the air and I kinda figure if anyone had done that there’d be talk about it. The section only gave me one option, to go big, and somehow I landed it!

 Good surfing is…

Style, big airs, and flow.

 What do you love most about the life you lead?

Being able to see the world, and getting to meet new people and make great friends. It’s pretty cool.

 What’s one thing we don’t know about you?

Sometimes I pee my pants when I laugh too hard!

 What is your New Years Resolution?

Same stuff as always, surf as much as possible and try to be a better person.

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