Taj Burrow Secures Trifecta with Win at Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast
Snapper Rocks, Queensland/Australia (Friday, March 5, 2010)
Taj Burrow secures trifecta with Win at Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast SNAPPER ROCKS, Queensland/Australia (Friday, March 5, 2010) - Taj Burrow (AUS), 31 has taken out the Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast presented by Land Rover over Jordy Smith (ZAF), 22, in rippable two-to-three foot (1 metre) waves at Snapper Rocks.
The opening event of then 2010 ASP World Tour season, the Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast started the year off with a bang, bringing the greatest assemblage of surfing talent in history to one of the most iconic pointbreaks in the world, and the world's best surfers shattered high-performance barriers once again.
"I'm so so happy right now - it's the best feeling on Earth!" Burrow said. "It's unreal. I have a good group of friends with me and my parents are here supporting me. To have everyone cheering me on in the final is really really special."
While the young South African led throughout the first half of the 40-minute Final, it was Burrow who changed the tide with a mid-heat assault, racking up several solid scores in larger set waves amidst the deteriorating conditions.
"I didn't feel like I surfed my best in the Final," Burrow said. "I kind of just did what it took to win. I just waited for the best waves, did a couple nice turns - nothing too wild. I'd rather have taken Jordy's approach - catch lots of waves and just let loose. That's kind of my strategy normally, but it worked fine. Being a bit more patient than usual definitely paid off. But I knew Jordy could unleash and get the big score at any moment, but after his board broke and he left the line up, I knew I had a major advantage."
Burrow, who has secured victories in the previous two events entered (Pipeline in December and Burleigh Heads in February), has been in sensational form over the past three months, and will look to continue the momentum in 2010 as he hunts down his first ASP World Title.
"What can I say? I don't know," Burrow said. "I surprised myself really. Obviously, Pipe was the biggest event I could ever win. I was just overwhelmed. I felt like retiring after that event. I just couldn't believe it, and didn't think it could get any better. I guess I've taken the confidence from it and worked on some good boards. Burleigh Heads was a good warm-up. I felt good that there as well - there are fun little rights, and then here, I took a while to get rolling, but I just built up momentum. I felt great out there and here I am on the podium again - it just feels unbelievable."
Firewire's designer Nev Hyman -
Taj is clearly stamping his rightful place of being one of the most influential surfers of all time. Too much has been said of how long he has been around; as though it is time to move over...NOT LIKELY!
His strength is that he is first and foremost, a frothing grom. What is even more evident, he is the leader of the "establishment" taking his perennial futuristic, yet technically superior air and hack attack to ANOTHER new wave of groms, prematurely wanting their piece of history.
Seeing Taj win at Snapper yesterday was almost poetic. Such a commanding win, at one of the best comps/venues on the tour, in demanding conditions with broken boards left, right and centre.
Taj surfed 3 different Firewires, winning The Pipe Masters in Hawaii on his 6'0, the inaugural Breaka Pro at Burleigh on his new 5'11" and now the Quiksilver Pro at Snapper Rocks on his new 5'11".
Taj, unlike his peers, freesurfs, trains and competes on the same boards due to their resilience. He trusts his boards and it shows in his surfing. It has all been a bit much for this old Ginga ... carrying the victorious frothing grom out of the water with his mates was all time...sooooo stoked!
Heats in demand can be found via www.quiksilverpro.com.au
For the first time in the events' storied nine-year history, the Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast was televised LIVE on FUEL TV in Australia, beaming the world's best surfing right into your living room.
The next stop on the 2010 ASP World Tour will be the Rip Curl Pro at Bells Beach from Mar 30 through April 10, 2010.
For more information, log onto www.aspworldtour.com
- QUIKSILVER PRO GOLD COAST FINAL RESULTS:
- 1 - Taj Burrow (AUS) 15.57
- 2 - Jordy Smith (ZAF) 12.56
- QUIKSILVER PRO GOLD COAST SEMIFINAL RESULTS:
- SF 1: Taj Burrow (AUS) 15.67 def. Bobby Martinez (USA) 13.00
- SF 2: Jordy Smith (ZAF) 16.30 def. Dane Reynolds (USA) 8.96
- ASP WORLD TOUR TOP 5 (After Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast):
- 1 - Taj Burrow (AUS) 10000 pts
- 2 - Jordy Smith (ZAF) 8000 pts
- 3 - Bobby Martinez (USA) 6500 pts
- 3 - Dane Reynolds (USA) 6500 pts
- 5 - Joel Parkinson (AUS) 5250 pts
- 5 - Bede Durbidge (AUS) 5250 pts
- 5 - Adriano de Souza (BRA) 5250 pts
- 5 - Kai Otton (AUS) 5250 pts