The contest jersey can make people do crazy things, transforming an unmakeable drop into a possible ten, or pushing competitors to sit that modicum closer to the peak. Here are some highlights from the 2014 Mavericks Invitational, won by Grant “Twiggy” Baker in emphatic fashion.
“Obviously a magical day for me personally at Mavericks, the conditions were challenging, but this is a highlight of my career,” said Twiggy. “Two of my favourite surfers in the world were in that heat, Greg Long and Shane Dorian, to beat them is something else.”
The final finished with Twiggy up front, followed by Shane Dorian, Ryan Augenstein, Tyler Fox, Greg Long and Anthony Tashnick.
Welcome to the plateau. It's where we gather to watch Yago Dora soar above our heads.
These are the fortunate few. Many epic sessions have fallen by the wayside, victims to our ruthless monthly culls, but the results are wondrous to behold.
Patagonia is a challenging lover, said the English novelist, Bruce Chatwin. It haunts you, it bewitches you, it wraps you in its arms and does not let you go.
Welcome to the winners' podium. The cream of February lies before you in four spectacular Atlantic sessions, big barrels being the theme.
The symbiosis of surfer and winter. The Astray Collective and Finisterre bring you a short narrated by Matt Smith and produced by Mickey Smith