With a hyped swell living up to everything it was expected to be and then some, Durban’s Grant ‘Twiggy’ Baker surfed his way to becoming the 2008 Red Bull Big Wave Africa champion.
Dungeons was at it’s finest for the fourth running of the event in it’s 10 year history, hurling massive 15-20 foot waves at the international field of competitors. “I don’t know if you guys watching know how big the waves were out there,” said Baker from the podium. Although the fans watching the event may not have known just how big it was out there (especially those trying to follow the event via the very poor webcast), Hawaii’s Mark Healey and South African Jason Ribbink surely did as Dungeon’s sent them away with parting gifts on the form of a blown eardrum for Healey and a concussion for Ribbink.
Wave of the day honors went to San Clemente, Ca. surfer and former event champion Greg Long whose 10 pt. bomb was called “undoubtedly one of the best waves to be ridden at Dungeons,” by webcast commentator Richie Sills.
Congratulations Grant “Twiggy” Baker, the 2008 Red Bull Big Wave champion!!
1. Grant Baker (ZA)
2. Carlos Burle (BRZ)
3. Greg Long (USA)
4. James Taylor (ZA)
5. Anthony Tashnick (USA)
6. Mark Healey (HI)
Tags: Red Bull
Posted by Shaun on Sunday, July 27th, 2008 in Surfing.