Winter Beach holiday club


Winter Beach holiday club

Atlantic Surf will be hosting 2 winter beach holiday club in the winter holidays to teach your kids about surfing and the beach culture while you are at work. The camp is for kids from the ages of 6-14 and they have a lot of fun while learning to surf and to enjoy the beach lifestyle. We will be catering for the total beginner kids as well as the more advanced kids who want to take the next step in there surfing/Body boarding.


Intermediate Surfers

What do we see as intermediate surfers? This is a kid who is surfing at the back line already and is catching clean waves.

These kids will be part of the camp but they will be surfing at the back line with a crew member. They could also be introduced to other spots next to Big Bay.

Please contact me if you need more info about this


Dates  :

First camp                Monday 29 June to Friday 3rd of July

Second camp            Monday 13 July to Friday 17 of July


Times : 9 am – 1 Pm

Where: Big Bay

Ages  : 6 – 14 years


Cost :

1 Day             R180  per day

Package deals:

4 Days           R600

5 Days           R750

6 Days           R850


Package deal prices only valid if pre booked and pre paid and kids with their own equipment.
We do offer rental equipment for kids if you don’t have your own.


We will be there for a total of 10 days but kids can join for any number of days.


Equipment rentals:

Surfboard                             R50 per session

Body Board                          R40 per session

Flippers Wetsuits                  R20 per session


What to bring?

Own well fitting full warm wetsuit. NO SHORTIES please.

Own surf / Body board,


Please feel free to contact us if you need more info.

WOWees Woman on waves


What or who is the WOWees?

It stands for Woman on waves. The Wowees is a group of ladies who have never surfed or bodyboarded before but decided it was time to brake the shackels and to get into the water. They started off catching waves in waist deap water, but now some even venture to it into the backline catching some of the bigger waves shouting and hooting as they drop into the waves. Together the ladies are having fun while facing their fears and pushing their boundries.
The ladies meet every Monday morning, rain or shine at Big Bay for their weekly fix.

A while ago I had the great privaladge to be invited to a WOWees sessoin and boy was I impressed. It was great to see how the ladies have progressed in a short time, as well as the  inthusiasm and stoke of these ladies.

This is a perfect group to join if you are a lady and would like get out into the waves.

Contact to find out a bit more about this fun group.

Hurley Pro Trestles Prepares for ASP Top 34

Hurley Pro Trestles
Stop No. 6 of 10 on the 2010 ASP World Tour
Lower Trestles, California, USA
September 12 – 18, 2010

Pictured: Mick Fanning Credit: © ASP / ROWLAND

LOWER TRESTLES, California/USA – The Hurley Pro Trestles will host the world’s elite ASP Top 34 from September 12 through 18, 2010 for Stop No. 6 of 10 on the ASP World Tour.

North America’s sole permanent ASP World Tour event, the Hurley Pro Trestles boasts one of the most high-performance venues on the planet and will host a red-hot ASP World Title race as well as the newly-approved 36-man competition format.

Mick Fanning (AUS), 29, reigning ASP World Champion and current ASP World No. 6, has remained one of the most explosive and consistent performers of 2010, constantly netting high heat scores through each event. However, aside from a Runner-Up finish at Bells Beach in early April, the fleet-footed Australian has yet to achieve a breakout result.

“I am feeling great and it’s been a little frustrating at times having close decisions not go my way,” Fanning said. “I still have all the hunger and hope things can turn around. If I can get some momentum built up, anything is possible. I feel I have improved my surfing and still having high average heat scores,” Fanning said. “The first few events, I made a couple of mistakes in wave selection and they were the things that I would lose the heat with. I felt in Tahiti everything was going well and I didn’t make mistakes, but was just pipped by an in-form Andy Irons. You have to keep your chin up and stay positive.”

Despite his current ASP World No. 6 position, this season poses an eerily similar scenario to last, which saw Fanning rampage the back half of the year, starting with a win at the Hurley Pro Trestles.

“I love surfing Trestles as it is such a high performance wave,” Fanning said. “It allows you to really mix up your surfing. I had a really good session there during the US Open so hopefully I can hit that form again. I think Jordy (Smith) and Dane (Reynolds) as well as Kelly (Slater) will step it up. A.I. (Andy Irons) would have gained a lot of confidence after that last win so he’ll be dangerous as well.”

Patrick Gudauskas (USA), 24, 2010 ASP Dream Tour rookie and current ASP World No. 22, is coming off the best result of his career, an Equal 5th in Tahiti last week. Gudauskas was the sole surfer to go from outside the ASP midyear field reduction at No. 33 to blast into the safe zone at No. 22 in Tahiti, and will look to carry that momentum through to this week.

“Surviving the cut was for sure a challenge for rookies,” Gudauskas said. “It was tough not thinking about the result of missing the cut, but I tried to block it out as best I could.  It was more of a mental challenge to overcome, and just focus on surfing well and making heats. To make it from behind the bubble and jump into the higher ratings was really exciting. I felt good at Teahupoo, and was stoked that it translated to a good result.  It seemed that I’ve just been missing out on getting on a roll all season, and so I was happy when it came together for me in Tahiti. My goal for the rest of the season is to use this momentum through to events I feel really good about and put up more good heats. Lowers is my home, and I pretty much live for Europe.”

The last remaining San Clemente local amongst the ASP Top 34, Gudauskas will look to utilize his years of experience at the venue as he does battle against the world’s best.

“Everyone on tour surfs so well that it’s really anyone’s game at trestles,” Gudauskas said. “Surfers I’ll be looking forward to seeing surf are for sure Dane (Reynolds) and Jordy (Smith). I’m also psyched to see Brett Simpson out there along with Dusty (Payne). I think the young crew’s going to be flairing. I can’t wait to bring the heat. I think for myself, the local knowledge will just give me extra comfort to go big. I grew up surfing it, and have a lot of passion to do well at home in front of my friends and family. It’s kind of like everyone coming to your stadium to play the Superbowl. You want to give the home crowd something to froth on, kind of like Simpo (Brett Simpson) at HB.”

Taj Burrow (AUS), 32, current ASP World No. 3, has been one of the most innovative and progressive surfers in the world for well over a decade, and the upcoming leg of events suits the Western Australian’s style perfectly.

“Very excited about the events ahead,” Burrow said. “It’s a strong leg of the tour for me and I’m planning on doing the best surfing of my year. I don’t want to leave close heats in the hands of the judges. I want to win convincingly. Trestles is absolutely the most high-performance wave on tour. Everyone surfs their best out there. It’s the perfect canvas to unleash your whole repertoire on.”

A perennial threat to the ASP World Title, Burrow held a strong lead throughout the first three events before dropping back to his present position at ASP World No. 3.

“I want to win the World Title of course but my immediate goal and most important one is to surf my absolute best in every heat at every location,” Burrow said.

For the first time in the history of the sport, the ASP will unveil its new 36-man format at the Hurley Pro Trestles.


Round 1: 12 three-man heats, 1st advances to Round 3, 2nd and 3rd to Round 2
Round 2: 12 man-on-man heats, 1st to Round 3, 2nd is Equal 25th place
Round 3: 12 man-on-man heats, 1st to Round 4, 2nd is Equal 13th place
Round 4: Four 3-man heats, 1st advances to Quarterfinals, 2nd and 3rd to Round 5
Round 5: Four man-on-man heats, 1st advances to Quarterfinals, 2nd is Equal 9th
Quarterfinals: Four man-on-man heats, 1st advances to Semifinals, 2nd is Equal 5th
Semifinals: Two man-on-man heats, 1st advances to Finals, 2nd is Equal 3rd
Final: One man-on-man heat, 1st and 2nd

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Pictured: Mick Fanning Credit: © ASP / ROWLAND

New format for the 2010 WCT(World Championship Tour)

Pictured: Current ASP World No. 1, Jordy Smith (Durban) in the Billabong Pro Tahiti Credit: © ASP / SCHOLTZ

Quick explanation of the new WCT tour format.

The 2010 WCT has a new format. Previously the top 45 surfers would compete in all the WCT events of the year. This year’s tour is different with ten events making up the WCT tour.
After the fifth event the bottom 13 surfer will miss the cut, after which the top 32 surfers plus two wild cards will compete in the last 5 WCT events of the season.
The last event at Teahupoo was the fifth event on the WCT calendar and the bottom 13 surfers were eliminated from the rest of the tour.


Drew Courtney (AUS), 31
Neco Padaratz (BRA), 34
Tanner Gudauskas (USA), 22
Mick Campbell (AUS), 34
Kieren Perrow (AUS), 33
Tom Whitaker (AUS), 30
Kekoa Bacalso (HAW), 25
Blake Thornton (AUS), 25
Dean Morrison (AUS), 29
Jay Thompson (AUS), 28
Nate Yeomans (USA), 29
Ben Dunn (AUS), 24
Marco Polo (BRA), 29

These surfers will have to join the WCT(World Qualifying Series) to re-qualify for the 2011 WCT tour.

How do surfers qualify for the WCT?

The only way to qualify for the WCT is through the WQS (World Qualifying Series). By accumulating points in WQS events around the world, the WQS surfers are then rated giving them the chance at qualifying for the WCT. The points of a competitor’s best 7 results are used to determine their rankings.  The top 15 surfers from the Men’s WQS are awarded seeds into the Men’s WCT while the top 6 surfers from the Women’s WQS are awarded seeds into the Women’s WCT.

What is the WQS?

The WQS is the World Qualifying Series (also affectionately known as “The Grind”). It is open entry and is the second tier in the ASP’s two-tier system. The WQS has both Men’s and Women’s Divisions, and the series of events determines which surfers qualify for the WCT. There are approximately 45 WQS events around the world per season. The events are rated on a star system with ratings from 1 to 6 stars. The Star rating coincides with the prize money offered for the event and also determines the amount of ratings points offered to surfers. The more prize money the event has the higher star rating it will carry, which will give the competitors more ratings points. Surfers compete therefore for both prize money and valuable ratings points in an attempt to qualify for the WCT.

How many people are on the WQS?

There are thousands of WQS surfers around the world. Because the WQS is an open-entry competitive circuit, anyone who pays the ASP membership fees (men’s $200 and women’s $130) and the competition fees ($175 for 1-4 Star Events and $200 for 5-6 Star Events) can compete in WQS events. Although anyone can enter a WQS event, if there are too many entries, the higher-rated surfers will get preference in the make up of the seed list. WQS 5 and 6 Star rated events have restricted fields of 192, and Super Series events have a restricted field of 144. The remaining WQS events are open entry with the highest rated surfers receiving preference.

The top 32 surfer on the WCT plus two wild cards will compete in the remaining 5 events of the 2010 tour.


1          Jordy Smith (ZAF)              30250
2          Kelly Slater (USA)                30000
3          Taj Burrow (AUS)                 25250
4          Dane Reynolds (USA)        23750
5          Adriano De Souza (BRA)   23250
6          Mick Fanning (AUS)                       23000
7          Andy Irons (HAW)                19750
8          Bede Durbidge (AUS)         19250
9          Adrian Buchan (AUS)         18250
10        Owen Wright (AUS)             17500
11        Bobby Martinez (USA)        17000
12        Jadson Andre (BRA)           16500
13        Fredrick Patacchia (HAW)  16250
13        Tiago Pires (PRT)                16250
15        C.J. Hobgood (USA)            16000
16        Joel Parkinson (AUS)         15250
17        Damien Hobgood (USA)    15000
17        Michel Bourez (PYF)           15000
19        Jeremy Flores (FRA)           14250
20        Adam Melling (AUS)           13250
21        Chris Davidson (AUS)        12750
22        Patrick Gudauskas (USA)  11000
23        Taylor Knox (USA)               9750
24        Luke Stedman (AUS)          9500
24        Dusty Payne (HAW)                        9500
24        Matt Wilkinson (AUS)          9500
27        Roy Powers (HAW)             9000
28        Kai Otton (AUS)                   8500
29        Daniel Ross (AUS)              8250
29        Luke Munro (AUS)              8250
29        Brett Simpson (USA)           8250
29        Travis Logie (ZAF)             8250


1          Kieren Perrow (AUS)
2          Gabe Kling (USA)

The remaining events on the WCT is:

Event 6

Boost Mobile Pro presented by Hurley
Sep 5-14
Sep 5-14

Event 7

Quiksilver Pro France
South West Coast-France
Sep 19-28

Event 8

Billabong Pro
Mundaka, Euskadi-Spain
Sep 29-Oct 12

Event 9

Hang Loose Santa Catarina Pro
Santa Catarina-Brazil
Oct 28-Nov 5

Event 10

Billabong Pipeline Masters
Banzai Pipeline,Oahu-Hawaii
Dec 8-20

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Sarah Baum Wins The Roxy Invitational 2010

Sarah Baum in winning form at the Roxy Invitational.
High resolution images are available on request.
© Luke Patterson

Tofo, Mozambique – Durban surfer Sarah Baum has clinched the fourth annual Roxy Invitational surfing event in Mozambique. After two days of waiting for decent surf, the contest directors of this unique invitational event decided to run the final heat on the last day of the six-day waiting period in the three-foot contestable surf on offer at Tofinho Point, Tofo.

Baum got off to a slow start in the extended 40 minute final, while fellow Durbanite Kirsty Delport was quick off the mark and posted two solid scores in the six-point range. It wasn’t until halfway into the final when Baum hooked into a great looking wave and stylishly surfed her way to a 6.5 score. Taryn Chudleigh from Cape Town struggled in the testing conditions and didn’t manage to post scores to match the on-form Baum and Delport. Baum sealed the heat and win with six minutes to go when she cracked a good looking set wave from the outside, ending with a massive floater on the inside to score herself a much needed eight point ride.

“I am so stoked with the win! This is an event that I have been wanting to win for a while now and it feels good to finally do it. It is such a good event and really good for women’s surfing. Roxy really goes all out to make it a cool event, it’s definitely the event to look forward to every year” said Baum after receiving her winners cheque.

Baum took home R10 000 for her win while Delport and Chudleigh earned themselves R3 000 and R2 000 respectively. Faye Zoetmulder of Port Elizabeth received the “Resolution Wipe Out Award” and R1 000 for the loss of her toe nail and a heavy encounter with the Tofinho reef in her round 1 heat.

Another activity that had spectators clapping and screaming on the beach was the “Quiksilver Locals Surf-Off”. Six Tofinho local boys hit the surf eager to impress but it was Pedro Da Silva who impressed the most with his stylish surfing to be deemed king of the point. All the boys received a Quiksilver backpack, wallet, cap and t-shirt for their efforts.

Roxy is committed to the conservation of the area and competitors and event officials have left nothing but their footprints behind.

The event will be aired on an upcoming episode of Boardriders TV on SuperSport within the next two months. All results, photo’s and blog posts can be found at:

The Roxy Invitational is presented by Saltwater Girl, in association with Resolution and is supported by SuperSport and Liqui-Fruit.

O’Neill Raw Courage Big Wave Awards

O’Neill Raw Courage Big Wave Award winners announced : Grant Baker wins Biggest Paddle Wave

The winners of 2009/10 O’Neill Raw Courage Big Wave Awards presented by were crowned in dual ceremonies at Long Beach and the Rioja restaurant in Cape Town on Wednesday with legendary big wave charger Grant ‘Twiggy’ Baker capturing the premier Biggest Paddle Wave award and R20 000.

The annual awards honour and reward the courage, passion and commitment of South African watermen who take on the country’s biggest waves using only paddling power and more than R40 000 was presented to the winners and the photographers who recorded their feats in categories including Biggest Paddle Wave, Biggest Barrel, Balls to the Wall, PsychoFreak and Grom Charger.

“O’Neill as a brand is really passionate about big wave surfing,” said Paul Canning, Sales & Marketing Manager for O’Neill South Africa. “I really feel that South Africans are at the forefront of the sport and it’s great that we can present the O’Neill Raw Courage Awards to honour them.”

Baker’s winning ride was made at Dungeons in Cape Town and was photographed by Kimi Stewart who picked up R2 500 for the epic image.

The Biggest Barrel award for the surfer riding inside the most spectacular tube between 1 May 2009 and 30 April 2010 went to Sean Holmes while Frank Solomon won the PsychoFreak category for the surfer who produced the WOW factor on a huge wave.

Matt Bromley, 18, was recognised as the Grom Charger of the year, an award designed to foster and encourage big wave surfing amongst youngsters, while the Balls to the Wall title, decided by a poll amongst all the nominees in the Raw Courage Awards, went to the hard charging Simon Lowe for his commitment in every big swell that hits the SA coastline.

The unique awards ceremony started with a memorial paddle-out at Long Beach, Kommetjie for Cape Town big wave pioneer Pierre du Plessis who tragically passed away while swim training at a local gym last Friday. More than 100 friends made their way through the two metre waves to form giant circle behind the break where Pierre’s contribution to the sport was commemorated and wreaths were placed in the ocean in his memory.

The winners of the Raw Courage Awards were then named by MC Ross Lindsay with a medal and a flower lei presented to each by well known surfing personalities Tich Paul and Jonathan Paarman.

Everyone then moved to the Barocca Lounge at Rioja where the crowd enjoyed a Corona Happy Hour, a video show of the winning rides and over R10 000 in prizes, including two top of the line O’Neill wetsuits – a Psycho 2 and a PsycoFreak – were given away in lucky draws. All the nominees received poster-sized copies of their rides and the winning surfers and photographers pocketed their earnings. The revelry continued into the early hours.

All the results for the 2009/10 O’Neill Raw Courage Awards can be found at

The O’Neill Raw Courage Awards has its roots in paddle-in surfing and while all awards besides the Biggest Paddle Wave also accept tow-in rides, the judging criteria favours paddling as the method of catching the wave. It takes more courage to paddle into and ride an 18 foot wave than it does to tow into a 25 footer.

A full account of the ceremonies for the O’Neill Raw Courage Big Wave Awards can be found at

2009/10 O’Neill Raw Courage Awards

Biggest Paddle Wave Award –

Surfer: Grant ‘Twiggy’ Baker R20 000

Photographer: Kimi Stewart R2 500

Biggest Barrel Award –

Surfer: Sean Holmes R5 000

Photographer: Jeannie Holmes R2 000

Balls to the Wall Award –

Surfer: Simon Lowe R5 000

PsychoFreak Award –

Surfer: Frank Solomon R5 000

Photographer: Kelly Cestari R2 000

Grom Charger Award –

Surfer: Matt Bromley R2 000

Photographer: Kelly Cestari R1 000

SELI 1 becomes a permanent feature



10 May 2010


As was reported by this office in November 2009, the SELI 1 was extensively damaged by late winter

storms last year despite efforts to strengthen her, which seriously compromised any simple salvage


Since that time, a small but determined group with a desire to remove the vessel from the Cape

shoreline, despite the lack of direct funding, has been attempting to keep the momentum of the project

going by every means at their disposal.

The coal removal phase has now been all but completed with approximately 21000 tonnes of the 30000

tonnes originally in the vessel having been removed and sold to a distributor ashore. The current bad

weather has substantially damaged the equipment used to discharge the coal and the operation will not

be resumed as the cost of reinstating the equipment is far too expensive for the return on cost.

In addition the facilities aboard will no longer safely and hygienically support the team of “coal

miners” and SMIT personnel aboard as well as the fact that the cranes have deteriorated over time,

having delivered beyond expectations during the extended coal removal operation.

A recent surge of hope and enthusiasm for a refloating attempt, despite the predictions made in

November, were dashed when the highly professional Naval Architects and Salvage Masters of SMIT

did the calculations of the stresses and strains which would be placed on the SELI 1 in her present

seriously damaged condition and predicted a 90% chance of failure. Given the accuracy of their

predictions on the spectacular wreck reduction of the barge Margaret in Jacobs Bay, we have had to

put that methodology to bed once and for all.


Nevertheless no-one has conceded defeat yet and the team will continue to work towards the eventual

removal of the SELI1.

Once the current storm has subsided, the condition of the wreck will be evaluated and a decision will

be made on whether we will continue any wreck reduction activities over the winter period or whether

the vessel will be closed down for the rest of winter pending a new operation in summer.

Small pockets of oil remain trapped within the wreck and are released from time to time through

cracks in the hull, especially when there is appreciable swell and wave action. Regardless of whether

the operation is temporarily suspended or not, SMIT will continue to monitor the structure of the

wreck as well as the oil pollution threat and will remove any oil which presents itself in an accessible

space onboard the wreck.

Unfortunately this storm has dislodged equipment from the SELI 1 and local bathers should be aware

that floating debris may still be afloat and pose a danger to swimmers and surfers. The wreck itself is

more dangerous than ever and no one may board the vessel without the express permission of SAMSA

Local charger breaks his back in the barrel

on the 22nd of April 2010 I pulled into a barrel at a beach break near Cape Town, got drilled into the sand bank and broke my L1 vertebra. I managed to paddle myself back to the beach but could not stand or walk because of the pain. A few surfers that were on the beach came to help me and carried me out of the water while I was lying on my board. Emergency services were contacted and I was airlifted from the beach to Milnerton Medi Clinic where doctors did x-rays and CT scans to find out how bad the damage was.

Turns out I had a 15% compression fracture on my L1 vertebra and thankfully no nerve damage, so there was no need for surgery.

I have to spend 6 weeks in bed with as little movement as possible and have to wear a brace if I need to get up. During this period the bone starts healing itself and gravity is the enemy. So any vertical posture is bad. After the bone has healed. It will take another 6 weeks to get strong. During this period I will focus on getting my muscular strength back while introducing my back slowly to vertical loads. Lots of swimming. At the end of these 6 weeks I will be able to paddle around on my board and surf small waves. It will take another 3 months after this to get back to where I was when the accident happened.

Thank you for all the messages of encouragement and to all the people that helped me on the beach and came to visit me in hospital. You made me feel a lot better.

Kelly Slater Rings The Bell…

Kelly Slater nine-time ASP World Champion, has claimed his fourth Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach title over reigning two-time ASP World Champion Mick Fanning in clean three-to-four foot (1 metre) waves at the backup venue of Johanna Beach.

The second stop on the 2010 ASP World Tour, the Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach was completed over four different venues this year, with Round 1 at Bells Beach, Round 2 at Thirteenth Beach, Round 3 and the opening half of Round 4 at Winkipop before the final day was completed at Johanna Beach.

Following a relatively slow start to the highly-anticipated Final, Fanning unleashed with a 7.17 to take the lead. The lightning-fast Australian strung together a series of high-speed maneuvers to pull ahead and put the Floridian on the ropes.

However, Slater would answer back with an incredible Alley-oop aerial maneuver, boosting so high his feet separated from his board before he recovered for an 8.93. Slater then paddled out into another excellent wave, scoring an 8.10 to bring his total to 17.03 out of a possible 20 – a lead that Fanning would not surpass.

The win sees Slater vault from 9th to 2nd on the elite ASP World Tour rankings, setting up his campaign for an unprecedented 10th ASP World Title.

Jordy Smith finished 5th after losing to Mick in the quarter finals and is lying 3rd in the WCT championship race.

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The next stop on the 2010 ASP World Tour will be the Santa Catarina Pro in Brazil from April 23 through May 2, 2010.

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1 – Kelly Slater (USA) 17.03

2 – Mick Fanning (AUS) 12.00


SF 1: Mick Fanning (AUS) 15.33 def. Taj Burrow (AUS) 12.50

SF 2: Kelly Slater (USA) 14.66 def. Bobby Martinez (USA) 3.80


QF 1: Taj Burrow (AUS) 11.34 def. Adriano de Souza (BRA) 4.87

QF 2: Mick Fanning (AUS) 14.20 def. Jordy Smith (ZAF) 14.00

QF 3: Bobby Martinez (USA) 15.10 def. Joel Parkinson (AUS) 11.40

QF 4: Kelly Slater (USA) 15.10 def. Bede Durbidge (AUS) 13.00

CURRENT ASP WORLD TOUR TOP 10 (After Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach):

1 – Taj Burrow (AUS) 16500 pts

2 – Kelly Slater (USA) 13750 pts

3 – Jordy Smith (ZAF) 13250 pts

4 – Bobby Martinez (USA) 13000 pts

5 – Mick Fanning (AUS) 11750 pts

6 – Joel Parkinson (AUS) 10500 pts

6 – Bede Durbidge (AUS) 10500 pts

6 – Adriano de Souza (BRA) 10500 pts

9 – Dane Reynolds (USA) 8250 pts

10 – Fredrick Patacchia (HAW) 7500 pts

10 – Adrian Buchan (AUS) 7500 pts

Grant ‘Twiggy’ Baker nominated for 3 Billabong XXL Big Wave Awards

The finalists for the 2010 Billabong XXL Global Big Wave Awards presented by Monster Energy, the Oscars of big wave surfing, were announced in California in the wake of one of the greatest years in surfing history.
South Africa’s Grant ‘Twiggy’ Baker leads the field with three nominations, all coming for his outstanding performances at Mavericks in California in early February. The Durban based big wave charger is one of the five surfers in contention for the premier Billabong XXL Ride of the Year Award, which carries a prize of US $50 000 (approx. R370 000) for his perfect 10 point ride at the Mavericks Surf Contest.
Baker, who won the Billabong XXL Biggest Wave and the Surfline Best Overall Performance awards last year, is also a contender in the Monster Paddle Award ($15 000) and the Monster Tube Award ($5 000) in 2010.
And with the nominees for the Surfline Best Overall performance award and the Verizon Wireless Wipeout of the Year for this year due to be announced next week,

Baker could possibly scoop a total of five nominations. During 2009/10 awards period he won the Big Wave event in Chile and charged huge waves in South Africa, Hawaii, Mexico, at the Cortez Bank 160 kms off the coast of California and elsewhere while the wipeouts he took at Jaws on Maui in December have been described as some of the worst ever seen!
The winners will be announced on Friday, April 23, 2010 at the tenth-annual invitation-only awards gala at the Grove Theater in Anaheim, California in front of 2,250 surf world VIPs. Chris Bertish (Cape Town) has been invited as a VIP after his amazing win at the Mavericks event in February. The entire night’s festivities will be webcast live on the event website and will also be the focus of a one-hour television special airing on the ESPN networks starting on the evening of May 18.
(Surfer prize $50,000 – Video prize $5,000)
Grant Baker at Maverick’s, California on February 13, 2010.
Shane Dorian at Maverick’s, California on February 13, 2010.
Mark Healey & Shane Dorian at Waimea Bay, Hawaii on December 7, 2009.
Ramon Navarro (Pichilemu, Chile) at Waimea Bay, Hawaii on December 8, 2009.
Raimana Van Bastolaer (Tahiti, French Polynesia) at Teahupoo, Tahiti on March 17, 2010

(Surfer prize $15,000 and a Honda Aquatrax watercraft with HSA sled – Photo/video prize $4,000)
Ross Clarke-Jones at Jaws, Maui, Hawaii on December 25, 2009.
Danilo Couto (Bahia, Brazil) at Jaws, Maui, Hawaii on December 25, 2009.
Makua Rothman (Sunset Beach, Hawaii, USA) at Jaws, Maui, Hawaii on January 11, 2010.