Grant Twiggy Baker 7
Nationality : South African
Currently living in : South Africa / Hawaii
Date of birth : 26 May 1973
Discipline : Surf / Foil / Kite / SUP
Favorite spot : Jeffreys Bay
Favorite move : Barrels
Inspirations : Occy / Kai / Mitu
Major accomplishements

2 x World Big Wave Surfing Champion
2 x Mavericks Champion
4 x XXL Awards winner

“Its all good"

How did you get into kiteboarding?
I started kiteboarding in South Africa. We began with regular foil kites with skis and snowboards on land; we have perfect dunes for that. So, we actually did it on land before water, and started on the beaches with skis and a snowboard I had with a special bottom for that. Then when I got an original Wipika 2-line kite I switched onto the water. This was probably the late 90s. From there I pretty much stopped surfing for a couple of years and kiteboarding was my main focus. Initially I started kiting on a surfboard in waves. That was what we focused on at first but soon after I started with a twin tip. I never used boots or a full wakeboard, but we used twin tips to do tricks and ride waves at the same time. That lasted for a few years and then we eventually shifted back to surfboards with straps; I pretty much saw the whole revolution, it was really exciting. I was probably kiting flat out for 4-5 years and it was only when I won Mavericks for the first time in 2006 that I focused back on surfing again. These days I probably spend half my time surfing and half kiting.

What do you do before getting in the water?
I eat a little, drink a little water, warmup and go.

Tell us about your best riding memory
So many memories but the first event at One Eye in Mauritius was amazing for kiting, the long training downwind for SUPing and my yearly trips to Jeffereys bay to chase the best swells for Surfing are all cherished memories.

Your worst wipeout?
Dungeons 2008, knocked unconscious and no memory for a few days… Scary stuff!

Who you would like to say thank you to?
My family, thank you for always believing in me and supporting me in chasing my dreams.

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