Griffin Colapinto Puts On The Most High-Performance Display We’ve Seen At The Surf Ranch
We recommend you spend your next 7-minutes in Griff and Conner Coffin’s Lemoorian Adventure
Despite our dear Michael’s reactionary and negative response to the Wave Ranch, er, 3.0(?), the wave has in fact, undeniably, been improved.
Clips are hitting Instagram daily, featuring world’s best are doing proper turns, wraps, and finners. See, the wave pool scientists stripped the pool bare to get her ready for the Founder’s Cup (next weekend!)—the first official public WSL sanctioned event 200-plus miles from the coast—and the proof is in the pooling.
The old version was prime for a couple sluggish top turns, followed by a hand drag and “x” amount of time in the pocket—and, if you’re Filipe Toledo, maybe an alley-oop on the end bowl for a wildly debated 9.8.
For this upgrade, according to one of our sources at the WSL, they’ve altered the angle of the wave slightly, changed the speed at which the train runs, and the result is a lip that stands up—a lip that, if we are judging by Griffin Colapinto and Conner Coffin’s showing, has finally turned the pool into a high-performance Mecca.
Griff’s finner-to-reverse-to-tube at the 5:07 mark is the most innovative entrance to a barrel we’ve seen at the Ranch (or, maybe ever).
When we posted the clip on Instagram earlier this week, comments (presumably from a very enthused California contingent) reiterated: Next World Champ.
This is the most progressive surfing we’ve witnessed at the Ranch to-date, a proof of concept for those who thought the future would be cooler.
Now, go sign back into your phone with your face.
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