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Rookie Griffin Colapinto Takes Down Joel Parkinson

Wednesday at the Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast, rookie Griffin Colapinto's giant-slaying freight train kept charging through Snapper, as he took down his second World Champion in just four days.

Rookie Griffin Colapinto's Giant-Slaying Continues
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The rookie defeated former World Champ and Coolangatta local Joel Parkinson Wednesday at the Quik Pro Gold Coast.

In his first-ever event as a member of the WSL Championship Tour (CT), the California surfer left the station Sunday by sending 2x, reigning World Champ John John Florence to Round 2. For Colapinto's fans, it was no surprise that the talented kid from San Clemente, Calif., was capable of such a feat. For Florence, however, it was a huge blow, as he was eliminated from the event -- at the hands of a wildcard -- in that next heat.

Rookie Griffin Colapinto Describes His Round 3 Heat
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The 19-year-old from California on how he took down 2012 Champ Joel Parkinson at the Quik Pro Gold Coast.

Wednesday, Colapinto continued his rout with a win over CT veteran Joel Parkinson. Not only was Parko a WSL Champion, in 2012, but he also grew up here in Coolangatta, and knows Snapper's righthand point better than most. Unlike the young grasshopper surfing against him, however, Parko said afterward that he was looking only for 10-pointers -- with, he said, no justice.

Griffin Colapinto's Big Debut
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Despite taking down both 2x World Champ John John Florence and current QS leader Mikey Wright, the 19-year-old rookie was nonchalant.

But in the end, the rise of youth is actually the essence of life's due process. Like 10-point waves that don't arrive when you want them, and 19-year-olds who steam-roll their elders in their first week on Tour.

Colapinto will surf next in Round 4, against Japan's Kanoa Igarashi and Australia's Julian Wilson.

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