“Good Day to Jump off a Bridge”: Moments After Defeating Kelly Slater, Surfing Prodigy Goes on an Exciting Adventure

Published 07/17/2023, 5:51 AM EDT

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Griffin Colapinto is a surfing star who, at this point, needs little introduction. Before Brazilian surfer Filipe Toledo claimed it with a points lead, the American prodigy had already worn the yellow jersey this year, proving his superiority. Nonetheless, surfing’s GOAT, Kelly Slater, had his ambitions dashed in the first round of the 2023 Corona Open J-Bay when the American prodigy outscored him. As Colapinto enters the bracket round, he takes a break from surfing to go on a mini-adventure.

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While competing in South Africa at the WSL tournament, Griffin Colapinto had a little fun and documented it on his official social media profile. The surfer has released photos and videos of an incredible bungee jumping performance to his massive fan base.

Apart from all the surfing maneuvers

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The Instagram post in question had Griffin Colapinto bungee jumping on what he called “the worlds largest bungee jump” in the caption. After beating Kelly Slater in the first round of the Corona Open J-Bay, he recounted the event, stating, “A good day to jump off a bridge.” In the footage, two bungee jumping instructors can be seen verifying the surfer’s safety before he is sent off the platform. After all the checking, the guides tell Colapinto to bungee jump from the platform at the count of three.

Once the owner of the yellow jersey, the remainder of the video portrays the surfer’s free fall when he makes a “leap of faith” similar to those seen in the Assassin’s Creed video games. He seems to be having the time of his life while bungee jumping, as seen by his enthusiastic hand-waving as he falls. The young American surfer had a blast during a break from the intense competition at the WSL tournament in South Africa.

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The surfer has beaten fellow American Kelly Slater and is currently preparing for the bracket stage of the Corona Open J-Bay.

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The opening round of the South African WSL event

Kelly Slater made his long-awaited return to competitive surfing at the beginning of the Corona Open J-Bay after skipping the Vivo Rio Pro. With Liam O’Brien and Griffin Colapinto standing in his way, the 11-time WSL champion was motivated to make a great return. The 51-year-old surfing great had high hopes for a return, but he had no idea that the American prodigy would crush those hopes.

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Colapinto showed his superiority over the competition in the first wave alone, finishing with a total score of 16.17 (8.50 + 7.67). Although Liam O’Brien (8.26; 4.43 + 3.83) and Kelly Slater (7.44; 4.17 + 3.27) both progressed to the elimination rounds of the Corona Open J-Bay, Colapinto now awaits his opponent in the bracket stages.

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Rahul Goutam Hoom

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