Colapinto Comes Up Clutch in El Salvador

San Clemente’s Griffin Colapinto moved four spots up the WSL leaderboard after earning his second victory of this year’s Championship Tour season. Colapinto, who barely edged out fellow San Clemente resident Filipe Toledo, now sits third in the world with three more events to go before the Rip Curl WSL Finals at Lower Trestles this September.

Groms of the Week: Shorecliffs Surf Team

This week’s honors for Grom of the Week go out to the entire Shorecliffs Surf Team for earning its 17th NSSA Middle School National Title. Anchored by the brilliant surfing of Kai Finn, who won the boys individual national title, the accomplishment was a full-on team effort.

On Life and Love After 50: Senior Dating Challenges—Where is ‘John’?

San Juan Capistrano resident Yoko was having a lovely evening talking with a gentleman who had approached her at the Swallow’s Inn recently. However, by the night’s end, she was baffled that despite the engaging and interesting conversation they had all night, he never offered his contact information or asked for hers. Tom Blake offers his thoughts in his latest On Life and Love After 50 column.

Required Summer Surf Reading

Jake Howard this week highlights the new book Turn and Go! 50 Years of Surf Writings by Steve Pezman, founder of The Surfer’s Journal. Pezman, who will hold a book-signing event next month at the Surfing Heritage and Culture Center, documents the sport, culture and lifestyle of wave-riding, while sharing some of his favorite tales.

Grom of the Week: Satya Aguilar

This week’s featured grom is Satya “Sunny” Aguilar, a ripping 9-year-old who just wrapped up a very successful Western Surfing Association season in which she finished ranked third overall in the Under 10 division.