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Rob Machado takes 2nd at Maldives Surfing Champions

The bulk of his competition days may be behind him, but Dragon surfer Rob Machado can still flash his competitive side. He recently competed at the Four Seasons Maldives Surfing Champions Trophy, where he won the single-fin division, took 2nd place in the twin-fin category, but lost to Australian Taj Burrows in the Grand Final.

“I have no complaints about finishing second,” Machado told WSL. “Today was actually super tight with who would make it into the Grand Final so it was cool to watch it all play out. It was just great to come back here and have the Four Seasons Kuda Huraa experience again. The waves were so sick for the event as well but it was always going to be hard to beat Taj, the guy is just so good.”

For more on Rob Machado, follow his Instagram feed. For more on the Surfing Champions Trophy, visit their site.

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Che Allan and Crosby Colapinto hold it down at the US Open

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Che Allan p: WSL / Sean Rowland

The Vans US Open of Surfing has recently completed and it was a great week for Dragon’s junior surfers Che Allan and Crosby Colapinto.

Che Allan who hails from Barbados, sat in 2nd place before the US Open, a position he’ll keep after his 4th place finish in Huntington Beach. And San Clemente talent Crosby Colapinto has been on fire lately. With an introductory video from Rip Curl dropping and finishing in 7th place here, he’s on to bigger things.

Check out all the action that went down at World Surf League.

Mick Fanning inducted into Surfers’ Hall of Fame

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Dragon surfer Mick Fanning has been inducted into the prestigious Surfers’ Hall of Fame today in Huntington Beach, California. The ceremony was held outside of Huntington Surf and Sport, where Fanning was cemented, literally, into the Hall of Fame. He had his hand and foot impressions cast into the cement that will lay in Surf City forever.

“It’s a huge honor,” Fanning says of the HOF nod. “You sort of go through your surfing career, and a lot of the time, you’re focused on creating results for yourself and you don’t really look at the outside awards. But it’s a huge honor to be recognized.”

The Australian is no stranger to awards throughout his storied career. He’s been named Australia’s Male Surfer of the Year six times and was recently appointed as an Officer of the Order of Australia. Additionally, Mick has captured three World Championship Tour titles—in 2007, 2009, and 2013.

“Mick has always shown the heart of a champion and [represented] surfing in the most positive way,” Aaron Pai, founder of the Surfers’ Hall of Fame said earlier. “We are honored to be able to thank Mick for his achievements and contributions to our sport.”

photo: Ryan Miller

photo: Ryan Miller

The Hall of Fame ceremony took place during the US Open of Surfing, one of the largest surf gatherings in the US. “I usually try and avoid Huntington because it’s so hectic [laughs],” joked Fanning. “But [this is] a very huge honor.” Mick joins Bethany Hamilton to make up the illustrious HOF class of 2017.

Fanning is in the midst of his 16th World Championship Tour season, having just finished with a 5th place at Jeffrey’s Bay in South Africa. Next he’ll be headed to Teahupo’o, Tahiti for CT #7.

For more on Mick’s exploits, follow him on Instagram.

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Rip Curl Introduces Crosby Colapinto

Our friends over at Rip Curl have just released a welcome edit of Dragon surfer and U16 Champ (twice!) Crosby Colapinto. The San Clemente bred surf grom has been making waves lately, most recently coming in as runner up at the Hurley Pro Trials. But don’t take our word for it, watch the younger Colapinto brother charge head on into his own stardom.

More more, follow Crosby Colapinto and Rip Curl on Instagram.

Frame of Mind: Mick Fanning

As he gets ready to do battle in J-Bay on the Championship Tour, we wanted to drop the Frame of Mind video for Mick Fanning. Get a quick look into what drives the 3-time World Champion and how he spends a little bit of his time.

Frame of Mind is an open source, creative platform for what drives you. There are no definitions, no boundaries and no restrictions. It’s a channel for your creative passions. This is Mick Fanning’s, now go find yours.

Watch more Frame of Mind videos:

Rob Machado // Evan Geiselman // Danny Davis // Jossi Wells // Blake Paul // Chris Benchetler // Jason Anderson // Nate Adams

 

Mick Fanning in love with Kelly Slater’s Wave Pool

Recently between World Championship Tour stops, Dragon surfer Mick Fanning headed down the Kelly Slater’s remarkable wave pool, to try out the man-made wave himself. After which, he jokingly remarked, “I’m not leaving.” Better to let Mick and the wave do the talking. See below in the Instagram from the Kelly Slater Wave Pool account.

Rip Curl Grom Search Kewalos Goes Off

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Costa Mesa, CA  The second of four regional qualifying stops of the 2017 Rip Curl GromSearch presented by Banzai Bowls visited the beautiful shoreline of Kewalo Basin, Oahu, Hawaii over the past weekend. Being the hub of premiere surfing in Hawaii, Kewalos’ perfect A-frame peak provided consistent 2-4 foot surf for the Nation’s top groms.

88 contestants entered, but only four reigned supreme, while taking home $250 cash, bragging rights, and a boatload of epic prizes. All four finalists in each of the four age divisions also earned the coveted invitation to compete in the Rip Curl GromSearch National Final, set to be held later this year at Steamer Lane, Santa Cruz, CA October 6-7. The National champions in the boys and girls 16/u divisions will then earn their right to compete in the RCGS International Final which will take place somewhere on The Search in the Spring of 2018.

Using home court advantage the Hawaiians dominated the majority of the event, until one unsung visitor surprised the field by stealing the show.  Young Taro Watanabe of Malibu, California made the most of his flight to Hawaii by not only placing 4th in the 14/u division, but taking top honors in the 16/u too!

“My goal was to make the GromSearch National Final and give myself a chance to compete in the International event,” explained Watanabe on his decision to fly out to Hawaii, “I love these events because they are fun and enjoyable, but really competitive at the same time.”

Finishing runner up to Watanabe was a new face on the scene, Kauian Cole Frye, who unfortunately was called for a double interference in the dying seconds of the heat, which ultimately ruined his chance of victory. 3rd place went to Maui’s Cole Alves, while finishing 4th was another mainland traveler, Caleb Crozier who took the trip over from San Diego, CA.

Speaking of Cole Alves, he not only qualified for the National Final, but he was also awarded the Banzai Bowls Maneuver of the Event for a critical tail-high air reverse. Alves was awarded $300 in two dollar bills for his no-holds barred approach.

More than any other location on the GromSearch circuit, when the Hawaiian girls hit the water, you don’t want to miss a wave. The type of surfing these young girls put on display will humble the most seasoned vets. All four girls were first time GromSearch finalists, which shows the depth of the field in Hawaii. When it was all said and done, Keala Tomoda-Bannert tore her way to a near perfect 9.93 ride on her way to victory. Coming up just short in 2nd with her own impressive 15 pt. heat total was the young phenom by the name of Bettylou Sakura Johnson.  3rd went to Summer Ivy, while rounding out the final in 4th was Leila Riccobuano.

Moving on to the Boys 14/u, another underdog made his mark in the most stacked age division. Kauian, Sage Tutterow used his aggressive tactics to take the victory over Robert Grilho III, Tony Nunez, and Taro Watanabe.

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Robert Grilho, also known as RG3, was another specialty award winner for scoring an 18.17 heat total which earned him the …LOST Surfboards High Heat Total and a custom shaped Matt ‘Mayhem’ Biolas surfboard. Congrats RG3!

Big surfing from the youngest division showcased an Oahu final, as the close-friends duked it out for the top spot. In the end Kai Martin took top honors, as Shion Crawford finished runner-up, Luke Swanson in 3rd, and Makana Franzmann in 4th.

We hope to see you at our next GromSearch event August 12th or 13th at New Smyrna Inlet, Florida. For full event coverage, video highlights, photos, and entries head to www.ripcurl.com/gromsearch.

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About GromSearch:

Since Rip Curl developed the concept for the GromSearch events in 1999, the series has spread throughout the surfing world and now culminates with an International final held at a different location each year. The worldwide series is held for male and female surfers aged 16 years and under, commonly referred to as “groms”, with the aim of the GromSearch is to nurture and recruit the next generation of surfers at a grassroots level.

Former GromSearch champions include current WSL World Tour stars; Gabriel Medina, Owen Wright, Jordy Smith, Matt Wilkinson, Nat Young, Kolohe Andino, Tyler Wright, Stephanie Gilmore and Sally Fitzgibbons.

Griffin Colapinto: San Clemente Livelihood

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Our friends at DVS and Livelihood teamed up to chat with Dragon surfer Griffin Colapinto for a morning chat and a surf in his hometown of San Clemente, California. Discussing some history, where he’s at now and his plans for the future. Stay tuned for more from Griffin as he makes his way toward qualifying for surfing’s elite WSL World Tour. Watch the video below.

 

For more from Griffin, give his Instagram account a follow.

Geiselman and Dunphy dominate Atlantic Coast swell

Surfline just released a feature with two Dragon surfers, Evan Geiselman and Michael Dunphy, cruising up and down the Atlantic seaboard in search of waves, and to escape the insanity of Spring Break. Both young surfers are from the Eastern seaboard (Dunphy VI, Geiselman FL), and were on a mission to surf their hearts out while on home turf.

“Crowds were not an issue,” Dunphy explains. “It was pretty spread out everywhere we went, and everybody was really mellow. That’s just the Outer Banks for you: plenty to go around.”

Catch the entire photo-heavy feature here. For more on Evan follow his Instagram Feed. And likewise, for Michael, check out his feed here.