Photograph By Frank Quirarte
Taking time out of the night to recognize newly crowned Big Wave World Champion Grant "Twiggy" Baker, the new relationship between the XXL Awards and the ASP was already visible. "All I ever wanted to do is travel and surf and that's what this world title means to me," said Baker. "I'm feeling more competitive than ever. I'd love to have a heat with Kelly Slater in 25-foot-plus waves. He'd probably still beat me but at least I'd have a chance."