Here's a lesson in ocean currents and weather patterns. As summer winds down for us in the Northern Hemisphere, our neighbors to the south are just thawing out from a long winter. Western Australia is home to all three surfers featured in the following two clips, and as the name of the first clip featuring Taj Burrow and Jake Patterson in Yallingup implies, the cold rugged winter has had Western Australia firmly in her grasp.
In the second clip, Burrow and Patterson's good mate Jay Davies flees Western Australia's cold and sharky waters in favor of tropical paradise, found close by in Bali. While Indonesia may sit just to the north of Australia, fewer than 1,000 miles away in some parts, the ocean gyres and hot "dry season" weather patterns mean 80 degree heat, warm tropical water, and sunny skies. Indonesia's geographic location is quite ideal, sitting just close enough to the equator to share the warmth of the Indian Ocean's Equatorial Counter Current, which swirls warm waters from India and the Middle East in a counterclockwise loop, avoiding the colder currents to the south. If it weren't for this stroke of luck, Mr. Davies would have to fly a lot further to escape winter at home.
While both locales have great waves, I'm pretty sure we can all agree that surfing in boardies as your bikini-clad lady looks on from the beachfront pool is going to beat grey skies and 4-millimeter wetsuit any day.
Here is a new edit of current World #1, Taj Burrow, surfing on his home turf in Yallingup, Western Australia.
The footage was shot by Rick Rifici on a RED Epic camera, the most cutting edge tech in high speed digital cinematography, capable of capturing images at up to 300 frames per second. The whole rig costs upwards of $60,000, which is a lot of money to have floating in the impact zone.
Summer Solstice from Rick Rifici on Vimeo.
Taj Burrow has claimed the Reef Hawaiian Pro over Adam Melling, Adriano De Souza, and Nat Young.
Ross Williams also celebrated a victory today, the legends expression session over Shane Dorian, Kalani Robb and Robert Machado.
Taj's win puts him in the pole position for the Triple Crown, and gives the aussie a fair bit of momentum going into Sunset and Pipeline.
Ross's win reminds us how absolutely incredible Kelly Slater is. I mean the guy's best friends are in the legends heat, and he just clinched his reigning eleventh worltd title. Easily. That's absurd.
Taj was on fire all day, threading tubes and scalping come-from behind wins in the windy conditions. Haleiwa wasn't an easy woman to handle today, making many a surfer look awfully foolish at times. By day's end there was quite the highlight reel of toilet bowl-wipeouts being looped on the webcast.
With this being the last day of the waiting period, the second jewel of the Triple Crown at Sunset Beach commences Friday. With a large swell forecasted, look for that to get underway very soon.
Taj Burrow (AUS) 16.90pts ; Adam Melling (AUS) 12.12.60pts ; Adriano De Souza (BRA) 12.50 pts ; Nat Young (USA) 6.10 pts
Heat 1: Taj Burrow (AUS) 14.84pts ; Nat Young (USA) 12.70pts ; John John Florence (HAW) 11.50pts ; Kekoa Bacalso (HAW) 10.67pts
Heat 2: Adriano De Souza (BRA) 13.54pts ; Adam Melling (AUS) 13.16pts ; Michel Bourez (PYF) 12.30pts ; Roy Powers (HAW) 4.57pts
Heat 1: Taj Burrow (AUS) 16.10pts ; Kekoa Bacalso (HAW) 15.60pts ; Evan Geiselman (USA) 15.00pts ; Kolohe Andino (HAW) 6.90pts
Heat 2: Nat Young (USA) 17.77pts ; John John Florence (HAW) 14.27pts ; Kieren Perrow (AUS) 5.50pts ; Glen Hall (IRL) 5.20pts
Heat 3: Michel Bourez (PYF) 13.50pts ; Adriano De Souza (BRA) 12.30pts ; Tanner Gudauskas (USA) 12.20 pts ; Jesse Mendes (BRA) 9.17pts
Heat 4: Roy Powers (HAW) 15.00pts ; Adam Melling (AUS) 9.90pts ; Brett Simpson (USA) 7.33pts ; Granger Larsen (HAW) 6.83pts
Round of 32
Heat 1: Evan Geiselman (USA)11.33pts ; Kieren Perrow (AUS)10.73pts ; Hodei Collazo (EUK) 6.84pts ; Maxime Huscenot (FRA) 2.90pts
Heat 2: Kolohe Andino (HAW) 11.84pts ; Nat Young (USA) 9.70pts ; Adrien Toyon (REU)9.27pts ; Ezekiel Lau (HAW) 9.13pts
Heat 3: Glenn Hall (IRL) 15.43pts ; Kekoa Bacalso (HAW) 14.37pts ; Sebastien Zietz (HAW) 10.34pts ; Leonardo Neves (BRA)10.00pts
Heat 4: John John Florence (HAW) 16.27pts ; Taj Burrow (AUS) 15.26pts ; Thiago Camarao 7.77pts (BRA) ; Daniel Ross (AUS) 7.70pts
Heat 5: Adriano De Souza (BRA) 12.67pts ; Brett Simpson (USA) 12.34pts ; Dusty Payne (HAW) 9.60pts ; Adrian Buchan (AUS) 9.30pts
Heat 6: Tanner Gudauskas (USA) 11.19pts ; Adam Melling (AUS) 10.73pts ; Dion Atkinson (AUS) 8.83pts ; Adam Robertson (AUS) 8.50pts
Heat 7: Roy Powers (HAW) 9.94pts ; Michel Bourez (PYF) 9.50pts ; Jadson Andre (BRA) 8.57pts ; Marc Lacomare (FRA) 5.83pts
Heat 8: Granger Larsen (HAW) 14.60pts ; Jesse Mendes (BRA) 12.60pts ; Nathaniel Curran (USA) 10.84pts ; Aritz Aramburu (EUK) 7.93pts
CLASH of the LEGENDS
Heat 2 : Ross Williams (HAW) 14.50pts ; Shane Dorian (HAW) 14.44 pts ; Rob Machado (USA) 10.83pts ; Kalani Robb (HAW) 8.27pts
These two clips are from very different people in very different places. Mason Ho, turning heads at his beloved rocky point, and Jay n Taj take turns launching missiles at rabbit hill in WA. Ah the familiarity that comes with home court, and sideshore winds, what confidence it breeds. Mason especially, landing nearly every variation and grab he can conjure up. Enjoy
1111 from Elsegoodproductions.com on Vimeo.
Here is part II of III in Riley Blakeway's Fiji Vignette series chronicling a romantic jaunt to Tavarua with Kelly and Taj, both of whom brought along their lady-friends, and Chippa Wilson, who brought along Jay Davies.
Watch the first chapter, along with some filthy photos of the trip here
Fiji Vignette 2/3 from Taj Burrow on Vimeo.