World Tour surfers have been enjoying an extended respite from competition due to the early season cancelation of the Jeffreys Bay contest. As a result, there is more than a two month gap between stops on the South Pacific leg of the tour. After excellent waves at the Fiji Pro, many surfers stuck around the island for the continued onslaught of swell at Cloudbreak. Meanwhile, others opted to find waves near home. For surfers on the east coast of Australia, this has meant enjoying the best winter in recent memory, as the many right points have enjoyed the convergence of excellent sandbars and consistent swell.
Taj Burrow, however, is not one to be outshone by his fellow World Tour competitors. Perhaps not wanting to show up to Tahiti in August without his fair share of quality waves, he recently went on a quick trip– by land and air– to find waves with friends. The swell that battered his home stretch of coast on the southwest corner of Australia presented itself perfectly groomed as it moved north and organized. Burrow enjoyed some playful offshore beachbreak and hollow slabs more characteristic of the surf in West Oz– giving him an opportunity to prepare for the next event at Teahupoo. Although, it’s likely that contest points and heat scores were the last thing on his mind during this jaunt upcoast.