Tuesday, July 29th, 2008

The Red Bull Big Wave Africa Event took place earlier this week at the infamous Dungeons. We were stoked to get a call from Carlos on Monday night talking us through it all and telling us he had come second! Awesome result in an event that saw beautiful (yet heavy) 15-20ft swells, broken ribs, concussions and one dislocated shoulder. Carlos was loving his Storm Track and Etobicoke in between heats (like to think they brought him luck!). Check the photos and official write up below.

The Red Bull Big Wave Africa 2008 is done and dusted and the official results are now in: South Africa’s Twiggy Baker has won. What an insane contest, the 15 to 20 foot sets and clean conditions a fitting way to celebrate the event’s 10th year. After the prizegiving, conducted in front of a huge and vocal crowd from the Nauticat, quayside in Hout Bay Harbour, the full final results are: Twiggy Baker (RSA) in first, Carlos Burle (BRZ) second, Greg Long (USA) third, James Taylor (RSA) fourth, Anthony Tashnick (USA) fifth and Mark Healy (HI) in sixth.

South Africa’s Baker, who hails from Durban, dominated the half hour final with two bomb waves, which he rode resolutely, scoring 8.2 and 9. Like previous winner John Whittle, also of Durban, Baker modestly attributed his victory to luck, saying he was fortunate the winning waves came his way, before he dedicated the win to his late father, who passed away 20 years ago to the day last weekend.

Runner up Burle spent the latter half of the heat chasing Twiggy’s scores, but couldn’t quite find the second big set he required. The same counted for 2003 BWA victor Long, who scored a perfect 10-point tube ride earlier in the day and caught the first wave of the final, taking off deep on a massive wall and riding it high and critical in the pocket, but spent the rest of the time scratching around trying to find a back-up wave.