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Wanna Be A Fly On Griff’s Wall For Finals Day?

Watch SC’s Hercules shake hands with gods and hunt for golden deers.

cinema // Oct 20, 2023
Words by Christian Bowcutt
Reading Time: < 1 minute

In Greek Mythology, one of Hercules’ “12 Labors” was to capture a sacred deer with golden antlers that belonged to the Greek God Artemis…

It took Hercules a whole year to do so. Then, when he finally shot the deer — with an arrow to the hoof — Artemis found out and refused to let him take the deer home to the other Gods.

You can tell that I’m about to analogize.

Griffin is the Hercules of San Clemente right now. As Ryan Sheckler points out in the video, the whole town was behind Griffin in a show of hometown support and quasi-nationalism on a scale that perhaps has never occured in San Clemente before.

There was a fishing boat with Griffin’s name plastered all over it.

Every freeway overpass was draped in Griff paraphernalia.

Every grom from inland Talega to T-Street was decked out in red Griff garb.

Despite the repleteness of the hype, the roar of his sea of red supporters, and a year of excellent surfing on Tour, Griff still couldn’t take the golden-antlered deer home. He landed the arrow in the hoof, but an Aussie Artemis still got in his way.

But, like Hercules, this won’t be the only “Labor” he’ll be required to do. I think he’s just getting started. This video gives us a poshly-produced glimpse into the demigod’s preparation for hunting day.


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