Rusty Long and Grant “Twiggy” Baker First To Conquer Monster Chilean Wave
Details are still a bit blurry, but according to eye-witness accounts, big-wave hellions Rusty Long and Grant “Twiggy” Baker have broken the 100-foot barrier, catching and surfing a sky-scraper-size wave off the coast of Chile’s Isla Alejandra Selkirk, several hundred miles off the coast of mainland Chile.
SURFER received the breaking news via satellite phone from staff photographer, Todd Glaser, who accompanied the big-wave duo deep into the Pacific in hopes of scoring waves on what Glaser called “Chile’s Cortes Bank.” The photographer was shell-shocked but managed to upload the accompanying photo of Baker and Long dropping in on the monster cold-water right-hander before stormy conditions terminated his sat-phone connection.
With Billabong’s XXL Global Big Wave Awards just two weeks away, footage of the record-breaking ride could easily sweep the “Ride of the Year” and “Biggest Wave” categories.
The video has landed! Watch the incredible first-person footage of the 100-foot wave. History has been made.