Twiggy Wins 2014 Body Glove Maverick’s Invitational

posted by / News / January 24, 2014

Mark Healey, just out of bed and straight on the news. Photo: Todd Parson

Mark Healey, just out of bed and straight on the news. Photo: Todd Parsons

Santa Cruz's favorite father, Peter Mel. Photo: Dave Nelson

Santa Cruz's favorite father, Peter Mel. Photo: Dave Nelson

The competitors boat heads out to sea. Photo: Todd Parson

The competitors boat heads out to sea. Photo: Todd Parsons

Boards twice the size of men. Photo: Todd Parson

Boards twice the size of men. Photo: Todd Parsons

Jamie Sterling, warm thoughts. Photo: Todd Parson

Jamie Sterling, warm thoughts. Photo: Todd Parsons

Peter Mel had a great warm-up session. That SUPer behind him? Not so much. Photo: Dave Nelson

Jamie Mitchell had a great morning session. That SUPer behind him? Not so much. Photo: Dave Nelson

Peter Mel also had a great first heat? Danilo Couto? Not so much. Photo: Dave Nelson

And Peter Mel had a great first heat? Danilo Couto? Not so much. Photo: Dave Nelson

Shawn Dollar (dollar bill y'all.)

Shawn Dollar (dollar bill y'all.)

Mark Healey, the hunchback of Half Moon Bay. Photo: Dave Nelson

Mark Healey, the hunchback of Half Moon Bay. Photo: Dave Nelson

Shane Dorian, straight of the plane and under the ledge. Photo: Dave Nelson

Shane Dorian, straight of the plane and under the ledge. Photo: Dave Nelson

Greg Long's patience paid off — just not in the final. Photo: Dave Nelson

Greg Long's patience paid off — just not in the final. Photo: Dave Nelson

One of the hardest parts of big-wave surfing is knowing when to say no. Photo: Dave Nelson

One of the hardest parts of big-wave surfing is knowing when to say no. Photo: Dave Nelson

Don't change the channel. Photo: Dave Nelson

Don't change the channel. Photo: Dave Nelson

Thanks to all the west in the swell, the bowl was really doing its thing. And by doing its thing, we mean being terrifying. Photo: Dave Nelson

Thanks to all the west in the swell, the bowl was really doing its thing. And by doing its thing, we mean being terrifying. Photo: Dave Nelson

Nightmares. Photo: Dave Nelson

Nightmares. Photo: Dave Nelson

Nic Lamb was one of the youngest guys in the event and he sure as hell surfed like he had something to prove. Photo: Dave Nelson

Nic Lamb was one of the youngest guys in the event and he sure as hell surfed like he had something to prove. Photo: Dave Nelson

The downside of surfing Maverick's like you have something to prove. Photo: Dave Nelson

The downside of surfing Maverick's like you have something to prove. Photo: Dave Nelson

Peter Mel, right at home. Photo: Dave Nelson

Peter Mel, right at home. Photo: Dave Nelson

On Thursday, we predicted that Anthony Tashnick would be riding something that would make you scratch your head. Low and behold, here's Tazzy with his twin-fin. Photo: Dave Nelson

On Thursday, we predicted that Anthony Tashnick would be riding something that would make you scratch your head. Low and behold, here's Tazzy with his twin-fin. Photo: Dave Nelson

Grant "Twiggy" Baker earned 29.33 out of a possible 30 points in the final — the untouchable champ. Photo: Dave Nelson

Grant "Twiggy" Baker earned 29.33 out of a possible 30 points in the final — the untouchable champ. Photo: Dave Nelson

It’s a game of rhythm. At Maverick’s, you can’t take off an average one, lob a big ol’ alley-oop and land it for a 10. That’s just not a thing. If you care to win, you’ve got to be on the biggest and best waves of the day. You’ve got to understand and interact with the ocean in ways both deliberate and subconscious. You’ve got to be in rhythm. Just ask Twiggy.

The man born with the name Grant Baker had been grooving since dawn. The right place was where he lived and the right time was when he lived there. Twig rooted his first round heat, branched out in the semis, then blossomed in the final. It was Twiggy’s second scalping of the Body Glove Mav’s Invite Only, as he won here back when shit was cool in 2006. Twig came into the contest ranked first on the Big Wave World Tour and tremendously expanded his lead with the win. Must just be a rhythmic sort of year.

Other notable points of the day:

-Shawn Dollar eating pancakes on the biggest wave of the day.

-Greg Long making the drop, then eating pancakes on the other biggest wave of the day.

-Anthony Tashnick trying to retreat from one and eating a whole syrupy stack of pancakes.

-Shane Dorian surfing Jaws yesterday afternoon, getting on a red eye, not sleeping, driving straight to Maverick’s and having a stellar first heat.

-Tyler Fox being the lord of the goofies.

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3 Responses to “Twiggy Wins 2014 Body Glove Maverick’s Invitational”

  1. Photo 6 is Jamie Mitchell says:

    You need to make a correction… Photo 6 is Jamie Mitchell not Pet Mel. He pretty much faded me deep and fucked me. But you know the deal. Fuck the SUP guy.

  2. Kit says:

    This is “reporting” Brandon Buckley? Your metaphors are lame.

  3. Kit says:

    Congrats TWIG.

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