• Griffin Colapinto in DING DONGING

Griffin Colapinto finished a respectable 32nd on the 2016 QS but after finishing 2nd at the World Juniors to end the year, we're thinking that Griff is ready for primetime. This new edit shows us, without doubt, that Griffin's skill set outsizes his years and gives us the impression that he's going to be a serious contender for qualification in 2018.

The WSL sat down for a quick interview with Griffin to celebrate the release of DING DONGING. Read the full interview below.

It's an average day at home. Where are you paddling out?

Without a doubt, Lowers.

Which pro do you run into out there the most?

Kolohe Andino...and somehow it doesn't matter how early I get there in the morning, he always gets there before me. Sometimes he's just waiting in the dark listening to country music, psyching.

If for some reason you had to flee California where would you go?

I'd move to Europe for sure, but away from the contest sites. I've really only spent time in Portugal, so far. But it's super fun for surf, and the food is insane.

What was the last book you thoroughly enjoyed reading?

"Open: An Autobiography" about Andre Agassi, the former professional tennis player. Pretty crazy story of the mental torture the guy was going through while the rest of the world was praising him based on the success he was having on the court.

What are your Top 5 favorite movies of all time?

1. Super Bad

2. Step Brothers

3. Role Models

4. Star Wars VI

5. Trilogy

If you could only listen to one song for the next month which one would it would be?

"Devastated" by Joey Bada$$

What's something that really bothers you?

Really smelly burps.

Is there a good pearl of wisdom that hits home with you?

"It's a long road."

Where would you like to be 5 years from now?

Top 5 in the world and psyching hard enough on surfing to still be one of the first guys out in the water everyday no matter what

Follow Griffin on Instagram as he chases the QS in 2017 and vies for CT qualification in 2018 here.

Video by Jacob Vanderwork