Shawn Dollar eating it on a bomb. Video: Santa Cruz Waves
Jan.25, 2014 - In heaving 20 foot+ waves, South Africa's Grant "Twiggy" Baker, won his second Mavericks Invitational Big Wave World Tour Event at Half Moon Bay, Sponsored by Body Glove and GoPro. This win followed up Baker's win at the previous big wave event in Spain.
Baker put up a whopping 29.33 in the final, having scored two 10 point rides throughout the event. Hawaii's Shane Dorian could not match Baker's score, and finished second with a combined final score of 25.53. Relative local surfer, Ryan Augenstein of Santa Cruz, finished third with a combined final round score of 16.66.
“We just put our heads down and had to go, because it was the final,” he said in a post-win interview. I just got lucky that I didn’t hit a bump halfway down and get catapulted.”
“I think every single person in this contest would be doing this with or without sponsors,” he continued.
Wipeout reel from the event. Video: Mavericks Invitational/Universal Sports
This year's event also marked the first time the Mavericks Invitational was broadcast on live television, via the Universal Sports Network.
For more information about the event, check out mavericksinvitational.com and bigwaveworldtour.com