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Griffin Colapinto earns spot on 2018 WCT; 2nd at Hawaiian Pro

He’s done it. The San Clemente teen surf wunderkind Griffin Colapinto has officially locked up his spot on the 2018 World Surf League Championship Tour. Griffin shocked the field at the QS10000 to make the superfinal, where he took 2nd place and secured his spot on the Championship Tour.

“I’m at a loss for words,” Colapinto told Rosy Hodges in a post-heat interview. “I’ve gone through so much hard work, I have to thank my parents. We committed to this path when I was 15… and the goal by the time I turned 19 was to be qualified [for the CT]. I nailed my goals at this spot, I’m so proud of that, it’s a lot to process.”

Currently, Colapinto sits at 2nd place on the Qualifying Series rankings, where the top 10 make the Championship Tour. The rankings are based off of your top five results. The 8,000 points from the Hawaiian Pro are a great top end results for Griffin. At his event prior to Hawaii, the Billabong Pro in Cascais, Portugal, Griffin made the Quarters and grabbed 5,200 points. A pair of 3,700 point grabs at the Vans US Open of Surfing and Ballito Pro in South Africa over the summer are respectable. 2,650 points from the Chiba Open in Japan earlier this year round out his scores.

Griffin is automatically in the running for the Vans Triple Crown, by virtue of his 2nd place finish, but most importantly, he’s locked up his CT berth. He will be the 2nd San Clemente native on tour along with Kolohe Andino. Unfortunately, the CT event held at Lowers isn’t on the docket next year, so the locals will have to watch Griffin makes waves online instead of in person.

For more from Griffin, follow his Instagram feed.

14 year old Thatcher Johnson shreds Kelly Slater’s Wave


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Fresh off the WSL Test event, Kelly Slater Wave Co in California has been the talk of the industry. We managed a few words with Dragon youngster Thatcher Johnson, who snagged a session at the facility. This is what Young Thatcher thought of the experience.

Surfing Kelly’s wave was so much fun and it was so cool to be up there with just Kelly [Slater], John John [Florence], Nathan [Florence], Ivan, my Dad and [me].

I actually surfed it before the event. It just took me awhile to make my edit.

I think that the right felt a little more open and square than the left. The left felt a little tighter and harder for me to come out of but I think I liked the left even better than the right.

Even though I live in Hawaii, my favorite surf spot is Rincon because the wave is really good for all types of maneuvers. Also, it is a long right point where you can catch a bunch of waves.

My goals in surfing over the next couple of years are to make a national final and to get a proper barrel at Pipeline or Backdoor. Also, I just want to keep enjoying surfing.

For more from Thatcher, follow him on Instagram here.

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Dragon supports World Mental Health Day

Mental health affects everyone and mental health disorders are really common (each year 1 in 4 young people experience one so if that’s you or someone you know you’re not alone). For something so widespread in our society we want to change how little it gets spoken about.

Did you know that the stigma that presently surrounds mental health disorders can prevent or delay people (i.e. you, your mates, your family, workmates and community) seeking out the support they need?

As part of World Mental Health Day, Dragon Australia has created this video featuring Dragon athletes Mick Fanning, Owen Wright and Adrian Buchan in the hope of getting a positive conversation going. We encourage you to watch and share so that together we can get the ball rolling on normalizing this topic.

Evan Geiselman catches East Coast swell on Surfline

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Surfline recently spent some time on the Atlantic Seaboard, as the coast saw record-breaking surfing conditions. But at what cost, as the swell was due to a few hurricanes that devastated other regions of the world. A handful of athletes, including Dragon’s Evan Geiselman, managed to find themselves in auspicious conditions. View the photo and video gallery here.

Vacation Club drops wild Griffin Colapinto edit

The guys over at Vacation Club just dropped an edit from one of California’s brightest, Griffin Colapinto, from some time spent in his native state dubbed Hole In The Sky. Without further ado, we’ll let the surfing do the talking.

Video : Jacob Vanderwork
Edit : David Malcolm
Song : ‘Bulbform’ by TR/ST

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Ace Buchan earns finals berth at the WSL Test event at KS Wave Co

While there hasn’t been a ton of information, we do know that our “Ace” surfer Adrian Buchan made the superfinal at the WSL Test event in Lenmoore, held at Kelly Slater’s new and improved wave pool. The event was held just after the Hurley Pro at Lowers, and a handful of the world’s best men and women headed to the desert to see Kelly’s latest waves.

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Needless to say, the footage is incredible, and a huge step forward for manmade waves. It also potentially opens up Pandora’s Box, but for the time being, enjoy the footage. Ace made the superfinal which also included event winner Gabriel Medina and Hurley Pro winner Filipe Toledo. Not a bad way to leave California. The next stop for Ace and the rest of the Championship Tour is France for the Quiksilver Pro.

For more information on Ace, follow him on Instagram. For more on Dragon’s premium products, visit dragonalliance.com.

Ace Buchan surfs to 3rd place at the Hurley Pro at Trestles

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After a slow and langorous start to the to Hurley Pro at Trestles, the 8th stop of the World Surf League Championship Tour, the end of the week heated up quickly, with Dragon’s Adrian “Ace” Buchan putting down a 3rd place performance.

The Australian goofy footer stumbled out of the gate in round 1, ending up 3rd in his heat, luckily he would rebound in round 2 to take the win over Stu Kennedy. In the make-or-break round 3, Ace torched Wiggolly Dantas en route to a Round 4 berth. Failing to win his heat, Ace again rebounded quickly with a Round 5 win over Jadson Andre to set up a quarterfinal berth with former world champion Adriano De Souza. After narrowly edging De Souza out, Ace ran into Jeep Tour Leader and eventual runner up, Jordy Smith.

The 3rd place—Ace’s best since a 2nd place finish at the Oi Rio Pro in Brazil—sees Buchan vault up the rankings into a respectable 12th place, distancing himself from relegation.

The rest of Dragon’s surfers—Mick Fanning, Evan Geiselman, & Owen Wright—finished  13th, 13th and 25th, respectively. The World Tour heads to France next for the Quiksilver Pro. For more on the WSL Championship Tour, visit worldsurfleague.com.

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