Speaking of surfers in the world who are constantly pushing their limits and charging each session as if it were his last, Grant “Twiggy” Baker from Umhlanga (near Durban, South Africa) is once again creating a stir. Yes, Twiggy is at it again and has generated quite the buzz among the surfing community with the latest of his Big Wave surfing exploits.
This past Saturday following an epic three-hour tow-in session with Greg Long at the sight of his latest Big-Wave triumph, Dungeons, Baker and Long decided to make their way to Tafelberg, an outer-reef just about 1 km outside of the heaving Dungeons. With the reef sitting just about 25 feet under water, Tafelberg usually just peaks and crumbles with not a lot to offer as far as wave-riding goes. This was not the case on Saturday, however, as conditions came perfectly together and serving up what Baker called the biggest wave he has ever ridden in Cape Town.
With Tafelberg offering monsters estimated to be over the 70 ft. mark, Baker and Long took turns towing into bombs that some are calling some of the biggest waves ever ridden. “The waves were definitely the biggest I’ve ever seen in South Africa and possibly the biggest anywhere,” Baker said. “Greg towed me into one giant wave that was so big I was terrified and started hyper-ventilating.” “Later, when we saw the photos taken by Craig Kolesky with a large lens from Chapman’s Peak, we realized that those were possibly the biggest waves ever recorded, on a par with the rides we had a Cortes Bank in January which were measured at well over 70 feet.”
This is the latest of jaw-dropping rides for Long and Twiggy and for sure will not be the last. And from the sound of it, we can also look forward to seeing more from Tafelberg as well in the future. “We will definitely be keeping our eye on Tafelberg for future sessions,” Baker said. “That wave can get a lot bigger!”
Posted by Shaun on Thursday, August 14th, 2008 in Surfing.