South Africa's 'Twiggy' wins Mavericks big-wave title

The Fresno BeeJanuary 24, 2014 

Grant Baker of South Africa won the Mavericks Invitational surfing contest Friday at the famed big-wave break near Half Moon Bay.

Baker, known on the pro surfing circuit as "Twiggy," came out on top in a field of 24 elite surfers who tackled the swells that had been predicted as high as 40 feet.

Baker, who also won the competition in 2006, chalked up a final score of 29.33 points. Hawaii's Shane Dorian placed second with 25.53 points and Ryan Augenstein of Santa Cruz finished third with 16.66 points.

They were joined in the six-surfer finals by Tyler Fox, Greg Long and Anthony Tashnick.

Mavericks is known as one of the world's most perilous surfing spots. Two seasoned watermen have died there, including legendary big-wave rider Mark Foo from Hawaii in 1994.

For a video recap, go to mavericksinvitational.com.

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