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.

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.

A Summer of Inclusion

“The culture and lifestyle of surfing is in a better place than it’s been in a long, long time—maybe ever,” Jake Howard writes in his latest surf column. While there’s always work to be done, surfing is certainly more inclusive than it has been, as evidenced by a series of recent national news headlines.

Grom of the Week: Bella Kenworthy

This week’s featured grom is Bella Kenworthy, who posted the best results from the USA Surfing squad at the recent ISA World Junior Championships in El Salvador. Kenworthy earned an individual silver medal in the Women’s Under 16 division behind Canada’s Erin Brooks.

Summer Surf Primer

With summertime officially in full effect, Jake Howard offers readers a few tips, tricks and safety guidelines to consider when visiting the beaches and hitting the waves.

Stars Come into Alignment for Cosmic Creek

Following a two-year pause brought on by the pandemic, the Vissla Cosmic Creek Surf Festival is once again touching down on the sands of Salt Creek on June 4-5, Jake Howard reports in this week’s surf column. The Cosmic Creek is part surf contest, part retro surfboard celebration, part music festival, and solely unique to Salt Creek.

Grom of the Week: Siyanda Hewitt

This week’s featured grom is 15-year-old Siyanda Hewitt of Durban, South Africa. Siyanda is visiting San Clemente over the next week with his father, Tom, who runs Surfers Not Street Children, an organization that endeavors to use surfing as a means to get down-and-out kids off the streets.

Historical Happenings: The Book on San Onofre Beach

In this month’s Historical Happenings column, Tom Marshall highlights only a small fraction of what David Matuszak covers in his nearly 12-pound book about surfing history at San Onofre, San Onofre—Memories of a Legendary Surfing Beach. The author will headline the Historical Society’s next public event on June 9 to discuss the book.