29 October, 2015 29 October, 2015

Twiggy Banned from Mavericks Event

Last month, 2013/14 Big Wave World Tour Champion, Grant Baker, admitted just how stoked he would be if he could match Mavericks legend Darryl ‘Flea’ Virostko’s record of three Mavericks titles. Twiggy won the event in 2006 and again in 2014, and was aiming for his third win in this year’s Titans of Mavericks event in order to equal Flea’s record.

Looking forward to doing this again at the new and improved Titans of Mavericks event this year. I would never have…

Posted by Twig Surfboards on Tuesday, 29 September 2015

Unfortunately no record is going to be equalled in 2015, after Twiggy was banned from the event for one year. The organisers issued the following statement:

Grant Baker was removed from the 2015 event season by the unanimous vote of the Committee 5. Their difficult decision came by recognizing that he violated certain criteria benchmarks which were in direct violation(s) of not only the procedural protocol set by the organization itself, but on a deeper level put other athletes and their involvement at risk by being associated with a petition in which was circulating on the behalf of Mr. Baker to challenge the C5’s decision on matters pertaining to the framework of their event protocol for the selection process.

With fellow Saffas Chris Bertish and Frank Solomon, celebrating his second Mavericks title.

Stab have published the full story here, which dives deep into the details of the two time champ’s ban from the event. But the bottom line reveals that it was the South African charger’s support of fellow Mavericks champion, Peter Mel, that earned Twiggy the suspension. Mel was similarly banned from the event due to conflicts of interest with the organisers, and Twiggy was hoping to see Mel re-instated so that he himself could compete against the very best in the world.

Politics. Eish! Read more on Stab.


  1. Charlie
    29 October, 2015 at 10:24 am · Reply

    Yank rhymes with wank for a very good reason!

  2. C5 or FBI
    29 October, 2015 at 11:19 am · Reply

    C5 ….FBI….??? huh ???What the hell is all this ??? Surfing?Nah twigs ….just go give them middle finger to forehead china.

  3. Chicken Joe
    29 October, 2015 at 2:06 pm · Reply

    bloody seppos…

  4. pothief
    2 December, 2015 at 12:56 pm · Reply

    may aswell start playing tennis china……pro surfing is dead..

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