Enough said! Be there!
Though the Reef Hawaiian Pro at Haleiwa started slowly, it ended with a bang as Taj Burrow rose to claim victory in the first jewel of the 2011 Vans Triple Crown. The surf steadily built over the three consecutive days of competition, as did Taj’s momentum. Riding his trusty 5’11 Pro Model, Taj consistently dropped 8′s and 9′s in shifty, unpredictable conditions that doomed many big names early on in the contest. For those keeping track, Taj was on the same magic board that brought him to the finals at the Quiksilver Snapper event.
Photos from Taj Burrow’s Blog.
“I had a good run, it feels good scoring in the 9-point range and it’s hard to do,” said Taj, world #3. “I just really wanted to win an event here. I am really happy.
“It’s funny I have never really gotten a good shot (at the Vans Triple Crown). I was thinking, maybe I should really have a go at one of these things so I actually have it right in the front of my mind.
“I love being in Hawaii. I was saying to a few of my friends it is so good to come to Hawaii and sit and make a base for six weeks. We are getting on a plane every other weekend normally, it’s draining. Coming to Hawaii you just get in a good routine, you unpack your bags and you can kind of relax. We train and eat good food and just the whole routine of it all I feel much better then having to skip town every two weeks.”
The Firewire crew is ecstatic with the result as it’s a massive springboard for Taj’s 2011 Triple Crown championship campaign, a title deeply rooted in the history of our sport. We hope you’ll tune in to watch Taj compete at Sunset and Pipe. Stoked!
Current Triple Crown Ratings
1. Taj Burrow 6500
2. Adam Melling 5200
3. Adriano deSouza 4450
4. Nat Young 4000
5. John Florence 3280
5. Michel Bourez 3280
Taj Burrow saves the best for last. Fiji Vignette 3 of 3. Check out the scenery in this one. Absolutely amazing footage.
Shot & Edited by Riley Blakeway
“Frequency” by Unouomedude
Pics from ASP Europe
“After competing since he was 17, Taylor Jensen finally achieved a life-long goal and clinched the ASP Longboard World Title. A perennial favorite on any given day and the winner of numerous events over the past few years, the World Title had previously eluded him.
“I’m so stoked, its hard to believe this is happening,” Taylor commented after the win. “I have been working so hard for so long and to finally have this trophy in my hands and to be celebrating with all of my friends on tour is amazing. I’m really just trying to soak it all in and enjoy the moment as much as I can.”
Taylor continued, “A big thank you to all my sponsors and the Firewire Surfboards crew, my boards have been feeling amazing all year and that’s a huge part of feeling confident and being able to succeed.”
Taylor has been riding two Firewire longboard designs over the past few years, a high performance 900 designed by Dan Mann and a slightly thicker, more nose-rider friendly 904 designed by Nev Hyman.
Taylor was integrally involved in the designs and Firewire is now offering both shapes for the longboard market as the TJ_Pro (900) and the TJ_Everyday (904).
“Firewire believes that refinements to the shape of today’s modern surfboards can only produce incremental performance benefits. Exponential improvements in performance can only be achieved through new materials and construction methods which, in turn, will open up new design opportunities.”
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