Skip to comments.South African Grant "Twiggy" Baker Wins 2014 Mavericks Invitational Surf Contest
Posted on 01/24/2014 4:15:23 PM PST by nickcarraway
With the best of conditions under sunny skies, the Mavericks Invitational, the so-called Super Bowl of surfing, was won by South African Grant "Twiggy" Baker.
Baker also won the title in 2006 and reclaimed the title on Friday afternoon, with Hawaiian Shane Dorian coming in second in his first Mavericks contest and Ryan Augenstein of Santa Cruz coming in third.
Raw Video of Mavericks 2014 Fellow Californians Tyler Fox of Aptos, Greg Long of San Clemente and Anthony Tashnick of Santa Cruz rounded out the six surfers who made the finals.
The competition kicked off Friday morning off the coast of Pillar Point north of Half Moon Bay, Calif.
As predicted, the big waves reach astounding heights of between 40 and 50 feet.
The surfing conditions were so ideal, that Hawaii-based professional surfer Mark Healey told NBC Bay Area that there are "no excuses" for surfers not to do well during the contest.
First place is $12,000, second place is $6,000 and third place is $5,000, according to Mavericks Invitational spokeswoman Jessica Banks.
Surfers this year hailed from Santa Cruz, Pacifica, San Francisco, San Clemente South Africa, Hawaii, Brazil and Australia.
Crowds began gathering on Thursday because they were anxious to snap and sketch pictures of practicing surfers from a vantage point they wont be able to get on Friday because of restrictions that keep the public away from the beach.
In 2010, several contest onlookers were injured by large sneaker waves.
Thats why, this year, spectators were able to watch at a beer garden being constructed outside the Oceana Hotel, or one of the many bars and restaurants anxious for this year's Mavericks.
But Mavericks pioneer Jeff Clark said the upwards of 40-foot waves are exactly what make his Mavericks competition so challenging and the trophy such a prize.
"I would say this is pretty close to the Lombardi trophy for surfing, Clark said. It takes everything you know about the ocean to compete and survive and be successful at Mavericks when it's this big."
the pic looks to be ~30 ft at that point.
Competitor Nic Lamb drops into a wave during Heat 3 of the Mavericks Invitational surf contest on Friday.
We always measured waves from the crest to the trough WHEN THE WAVES BREAK, not at the greater height when it is about to break, so most waves measure smaller than you would think. That being said, that's a big one.
I'm not going out there anyway....
(Short skis suck, long skis truck...)
Oh, to be 25 years younger and about 20 lbs lighter! That wave looks awesome! I love a peeling right-hander.
Total board volume to help with bouncy could help in the big stuff.
I maintain a large quiver of long skis.
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