Grant ‘Twiggy’ Baker Prepares For Mavericks Challenge Big Wave Event
South African big wave surfer and two times Big Wave World Champion Grant ‘Twiggy’ Baker is currently in California, preparing for the final big wave event of the 2018/2019 Big Wave Tour. This final event will take place at Mavericks, a big wave location in Northern California, outside Pillar Point Harbour, just north of Half Moon Bay. The waiting period for this tournament ends 31 March. Twiggy already has two victories under the belt at Mavericks, winning in 2006 as well as in 2014.
Twiggy has had a flagship year so far, and is looking to cement it with a third World Title. “They say you only remember an athlete if they win three of something, so that’s in my goals for the next five years,” said Twiggy. I want to win another Mavericks event and another World Title.”
Representing Vissla in South Africa, a World Title from Twiggy would see him join Stevie Sawyer from JBay as another Vissla World Champion. Sawyer was crowned the World Surf League Longboard World Champion last year.
“Steve is epic and a great ambassador for surfing in South Africa.” said Twiggy. “It would be great to join him this year in his achievement, and then cheer Jordy to his first. Can you imagine!”
With one big wave event win, the Nazaré Challenge that took place in Portugal in November 2018, Twiggy currently leads the Big Wave Tour rankings from Billy Kemper (Haw) and Kai Lenny (Haw) in second and third place respectively.
Twiggy also received the honour of the cover shot of the recent Zigzag Magazine for an incredible ride of his at the Jaws/Peahi Challenge that took place in Maui, Hawaii, during November last year.
“Zigzag is such an important voice for surfing in South Africa,” said Twiggy. “Every company and surfer should be supporting them and making sure they survive and prosper. To get the cover with that wave, so it goes down in history, is special, and I’m very thankful.
Twiggy is also in contention for a few XXL Big Wave Awards with this ride at Jaws – the same wave that graced the cover – and a ridiculous tube ride at Seal Reef on the West Coast, with both waves up for the Ride Of The Year category, that carries a US$ 50,000 prize.
“My wave from the West Coast is probably the best barrel I’ve ever had,” reckoned Twiggy. “Even though it’s only 15-18ft , it’s as square as you can get and almost 10 seconds long and probably better than Ian Walsh’s wave at Jaws that won the year before, so I’m always hopeful.”
For more information on the Big Wave Tour go to http://www.worldsurfleague.com/events/2018/mbwt