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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.

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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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

 

WSL Tour Heads To JBay; How We Got Here

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Photo: Miller

As the World Surf League Championship Tour his the unofficial halfway point (there are 11 stops this year) as the guys head to Jeffrey’s Bay, South Africa, let’s take a quick look at how we got here. An uneven first half for the Dragon surfers may seem less than ideal as we get ready to kick off stop six, they are very much in the title race.

Owen Wright—who made his triumphant return to competitive surfing after a devastating injury late in 2015—has exceeded everyone’s expectations and currently finds himself tied for 3rd place in the points standings. After a monumental and emotional win at Snapper Rocks to start the year, Owen has been consistently in the top 9, save for an uncharacteristically early exit in Fiji. The lanky goofy-footer looks to improve in J-Bay, as he sits within striking distance of Tour leader and good friend Matt Wilkinson.

Last year’s J-Bay champion, Mick Fanning, had a rough start to the year, but after making some adjustments and making the best of some down time, he has put together some strong performances. A solid performance from Fanning in South Africa would propel him into the top 10. He has his work cut out for him, but a strong second half wouldn’t be out of the question for the 3-time World Champion.

Adrian “Ace” Buchan sits in the middle of the points leaderboard (16th) after a string of disappointing finishes, yet the results are highlighted by a 2nd place finish in Brazil at the Oi Rio Pro. The Australian has years of experience and will likely lean on it as he looks to turn on the jets on the back nine.

The outlook for Dragon’s stable of surfers is a bit uneven, but with six events left and plenty of points available in a wide open title race, look for Owen, Mick and Ace to make a move. The Corona Open at J-Bay waiting period kicks off July 12th. Visit the World Surf League event site for streams, results and information.

photo: Miller