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By Andrea Swayne
The San Clemente 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.