Taj Burrow defeats fellow Australian Mick Fanning to win the Mundial Coca-Cola de Surf 2002.

Mundial Coca-Cola de Surf 2002 (Oct 24-29)

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2002 World Championship Tour (WCT)

Burrow Defeats Fanning In All-Australian Final

Itauna Beach, Saquarema, Brazil (Saturday, October 26) Taj Burrowdefeated fellow Australian Mick Fanning to win the Mundial Coca-Cola de Surf2002. The US$250,000 World Championship Tournament (WCT) recommenced thismorning with remaining round three heats, and then continued right throughuntil climaxing with the grand finale thisClean 3-4 ft (1-1.3m) waves were on offer, with good right-handers comingthrough on sets. A passionate beach crowd turned out to support theirBrazilian surfers, as well as cheer on the international field. afternoon.

Clean 3-4 ft (1-1.3m) waves were on offer, with good right-handers comingthrough on sets. A passionate beach crowd turned out to support theirBrazilian surfers, as well as cheer on the international field.

Burrow, who hadn’t won a WCT since 1999 when he took out the same event inRio, also placed runner-up in 2000. The 24-year-old showed his determinationtoday, however, overcoming the hardest opponents en-route to victory and theUS$30,000 prizemoney. The West Australian was rated 6th leading into theMundial Coca-Cola de Surf 2002, but following the win moved up into #3 andcan still mathematically clinch this year’s world title if he reaches bothupcoming finals in Hawaii and wins at least one.

Against Fanning in the 35-minute decider, Burrow trailed for the first half,but after locking in an 8.0 for an amazing re-entry into aerial maneuver, hethen struck the lead with his next ride and furthered it on another. Ridinghis last wave in, he raised his arms in disbelief, overwhelmed with emotion.

“So stoked,” screamed Burrow, after being carried up the beach by a group offellow Australian competitors. “I’m so, so psyched. I wanted that more thananything. It’s the first final I’ve made in that long, and I haven’t won onein ages. I thought I blew it a couple of times, as I had such a bad startand Mick was ripping. When I got that 8.0 we were just scrapping for asecond wave, and I nailed it. I’m so bloody stoked (laughs).

“That’s amazing,” he continued, when told he was still in title contention.”I’m so stoked and am definitely going to go mad in Hawaii this year. Soamped and it’s so special to be in contention. I love it!

“It’s too good,” he added, of winning another tournament in Brazil and thebeach support. “The spectators are the most into it I’ve ever seen. They’reso determined, running around more excited than me, but it’s so cool. Theguys carrying me up the beach was all-time. They had the (Australian) flagsready… we were guaranteed an Aussie was going to win, but I’m so glad itwas me.”

Fanning, who began his second final of year in form, ultimately requiredanother ride worth 7.26-points. Despite executing a carving reverse 360 onone wave, as he did in South African when he won, it wasn’t enough this timeround. Still, the runner-up placing pushed him from 12th into 6th positionon the ratings.

“So stoked still,” said Fanning afterward. “I knew Taj had an 8.0 and Ineeded to get something over a seven. I was just stoked to be in the final.It was always going to be hard with Taj and well done to him.

“I’m rapt,” he continued, of his maiden WCT year. “I didn’t do that well inEurope, but am just stoked to get some confidence back for Hawaii.”

Equal third today were Russell Winter (UK) and Kieren Perrow (Aus). Bothreceived US$10,000 and a major jump up the ratings following their semifinalfinishes.

Winter, Europe’s sole representative on the WCT, was the standout yesterdayand kept his focus and momentum going against Australians Nathan Hedge andthen Beau Emerton today. Burrow proved to strong, however, opening hisaccount with an 8.0 and ultimately leaving the 26-year-old searching for hisown ride worth 8.15oints. The result is the best to date for Newquaysurfer.

“I made a mistake at the start by not paddling out first and getting theinside position on Taj,” reasoned Winter. “That was the difference, and whyI was winning all my earlier heats. I came down a bit late and he wasalready out there. He waited and when the sets came got the two best ones. Ithink if I’d gotten his waves I probably would have surfed better, anddefinitely think I could have won.

“I’m so stoked,” he continued. “I was in a zone were you don’t get stokedwhen you win, you just keep going. So I’m definitely happy now to finish offnear the end of the year with a result like this.”

Perrow began his clash with Fanning on track by posting a 7.5, but than sattoo long with priority while his opponent got to work. Toward the end herequired an 8.51, and while he caught another set, wasn’t able to increasehis tally on it. Nonetheless, the WCT newcomer has already establishedhimself well within the current top 10 with his second consecutive semifinalfinish.

“I guess I played my game well at the start,” said Perrow. “I got my firstquickly and then wanted to just wait with priority for another good one. Iblew it by letting Mick get a couple underneath me and I respect his scores.

“My goal was top 10 and I’m just rapt,” he continued, of his currentposition. “Hopefully I can achieve it. I can’t wait for Hawaii.”

Finishing equal fifth in the Mundial Coca-Cola de Surf 2002 were BeauEmerton (Aus), current ratings leader Andy Irons (Haw), runner-up Luke Egan(Aus), and Rodrigo Dornelles (Brz).

Irons increased his lead with a quarterfinal finish, but was stopped byBurrow in their anticipated re-match from their semifinal the previous WCTin Spain. The Hawaiian led for the majority, before his opponent posted a9.1 ride and then consolidated the lead with another 8.9 score on his lastwave. Irons required a perfect 10-pointer to catch the West Australian.While the pressure is on his rivals to try and catch him, he can secure theworld title with a finals berth in either Hawaiian tournament.

“Coming into Brazil I wanted to at least better a 17th (place finish) and Idid that with a quarterfinal,” reasoned Irons. “I knew Taj would be reallyhard to beat out there cause he surfs so well in these conditions. He got agood wave while I had priority and I thought I’d need a bigger set, butnothing came.

“I’m on a flight tonight and am so psyched,” he continued, of heading hometo Hawaii. “I can’t wait. Haven’t been back in like two and a half months,so it’s going to be incredible. See my family and just cruise. It’s been agood start to the winter season already, with a couple of big swells, sohopefully it continues. I’m so psyched for Sunset and Pipe.”

Egan, who kept his world title aspirations alive this morning by defeatingfellow Australian Shane Powell, was his usual patient self against Fanning.It wasn’t until his opponent had already secured the equal best single scoreof the day for a 9.25, that he found a wave of value himself worth7.75-points. While also adding ratings points, he was frustrated not to makebetter use of the opportunity following Irons’ loss the heat prior. Hebasically needs a win and at least another semifinal finish to claim theworld title.

“I let him get that 9.25 under me when I had priority,” explained Egan, ofFanning’s best ride. “I didn’t think he was going to get it, and it was anepic paddle. I felt like I was surfing good enough, but just took bad wavesat the beginning. I’m pretty bummed; as I had an opportunity to catch up toAndy and I blew it. Pretty frustrating.

“Looking at the bright side,” he continued. “The year before last I lost toSunny (Garcia) here, when he took the world title, so at least I haveHawaii. It’s probably going to have to be a big effort on my part, but hey,I’m up for it.”

Dornelles secured his best result to date and was the last Brazilian incontention. Despite leading for most the match, a patient Perrow wasrewarded with the best single score of 7.75 toward the end and swung thedecision.

“I knew Kieren is a very good competitor and he waited for the best waves,”said Dornelles. “That’s it. I tried my best, but maybe next time? I feelgood and it’s a good result for me. I hadn’t had a good year so far. I’mmuch more confident now, as I was always losing in contests before. It’sgood to make some heats.”

Greg Emslie (SAfr) caused an upset by defeating current #4 Joel Parkinson inround three this morning, putting an end to his world title campaign. TheSouth African was then stopped by Perrow the next heat, collecting hissecond equal ninth placing of the year.

The WCT now moves to Hawaii, where the world title will be decided in eitherof two ‘Prime’ contest venues. First up is the large arena of Sunset Beach(Nov 24-Dec 7), followed by the intense waves of Pipeline (Dec 8-20):www.aspworldtour.com & www.triplecrownofsurfing.com
Official results of the Mundial Coca-Cola de Surf 2002
1st Taj Burrow (Aus) 14.25 – US$30,000
2nd Mick Fanning (Aus) 13.5 – US$16,000

Semifinals (1st > Final; 2nd=3rd receives US$10,000)
SF1: Taj Burrow (Aus) 14.65 def. Russell Winter (UK) 12.7
SF2: Mick Fanning (Aus) 16.0 def. Kieren Perrow (Aus) 14.25

Quarterfinals (1st > semifinals; 2nd=5th receives US$8,000)
QF1: Russell Winter (UK) 17.0 def. Beau Emerton (Aus) 15.0
QF2: Taj Burrow (Aus) 18.0 def. Andy Irons (Haw) 15.0
QF3: Mick Fanning (Aus) 16.25 def. Luke Egan (Aus) 13.85
QF4: Kieren Perrow (Aus) 13.75 def. Rodrigo Dornelles (Brz) 13.5

Round four (1st > quarterfinals; 2nd=9th receives US$5,000)
H1: Beau Emerton (Aus) 14.0 def. Mark Occhilupo (Aus) 11.9
H2: Russell Winter (UK) 15.25 def. Nathan Hedge (Aus) 14.1
H3: Taj Burrow (Aus) 15.0 def. Guilherme Herdy (Brz) 10.0
H4: Andy Irons (Haw) 17.4 def. Michael Campbell (Aus) 16.25
H5: Luke Egan (Aus) 15.0 def. Shane Powell (Aus) 9.5
H6: Mick Fanning (Aus) 15.5 def. Renan Rocha (Brz) 13.85
H7: Rodrigo Dornelles (Brz) 16.05 def. Jake Paterson (Aus) 13.75
H8: Kieren Perrow (Aus) 15.25 def. Greg Emslie (SAfr) 15.0

Round three (1st > Rnd 4; 2nd=17th receives US$4,000)
H14: Jake Paterson (Aus) 16.5 def. Dean Morrison (Aus) 15.0
H15: Greg Emslie (SAfr) 13.0 def. Joel Parkinson (Aus) 11.0
H16: Kieren Perrow (Aus) 15.6 def. Pat O’Connell (USA) 12.25

Top 10 ratings after event #10/12
1. Andy Irons (Haw) 7,262-points
2. Luke Egan (Aus) 6,276
3. Taj Burrow (Aus) 5,932
4. Michael Lowe (Aus) 5,744
5. Joel Parkinson (Aus) 5,556
6. Mick Fanning (Aus) 5,480
7. Kieren Perrow (Aus) 5,470
8. Mark Occhilupo (Aus) 5,364
9. Danny Wills (Aus) 5,362
10. Shea Lopez (USA) 5,208
ion. Despite leading for most the match, a patient Perrow wasrewarded with the best single score of 7.75 toward the end and swung thedecision.

“I knew Kieren is a very good competitor and he waited for the best waves,”said Dornelles. “That’s it. I tried my best, but maybe next time? I feelgood and it’s a good result for me. I hadn’t had a good year so far. I’mmuch more confident now, as I was always losing in contests before. It’sgood to make some heats.”

Greg Emslie (SAfr) caused an upset by defeating current #4 Joel Parkinson inround three this morning, putting an end to his world title campaign. TheSouth African was then stopped by Perrow the next heat, collecting hissecond equal ninth placing of the year.

The WCT now moves to Hawaii, where the world title will be decided in eitherof two ‘Prime’ contest venues. First up is the large arena of Sunset Beach(Nov 24-Dec 7), followed by the intense waves of Pipeline (Dec 8-20):www.aspworldtour.com & www.triplecrownofsurfing.com
Official results of the Mundial Coca-Cola de Surf 2002
1st Taj Burrow (Aus) 14.25 – US$30,000
2nd Mick Fanning (Aus) 13.5 – US$16,000

Semifinals (1st > Final; 2nd=3rd receives US$10,000)
SF1: Taj Burrow (Aus) 14.65 def. Russell Winter (UK) 12.7
SF2: Mick Fanning (Aus) 16.0 def. Kieren Perrow (Aus) 14.25

Quarterfinals (1st > semifinals; 2nd=5th receives US$8,000)
QF1: Russell Winter (UK) 17.0 def. Beau Emerton (Aus) 15.0
QF2: Taj Burrow (Aus) 18.0 def. Andy Irons (Haw) 15.0
QF3: Mick Fanning (Aus) 16.25 def. Luke Egan (Aus) 13.85
QF4: Kieren Perrow (Aus) 13.75 def. Rodrigo Dornelles (Brz) 13.5

Round four (1st > quarterfinals; 2nd=9th receives US$5,000)
H1: Beau Emerton (Aus) 14.0 def. Mark Occhilupo (Aus) 11.9
H2: Russell Winter (UK) 15.25 def. Nathan Hedge (Aus) 14.1
H3: Taj Burrow (Aus) 15.0 def. Guilherme Herdy (Brz) 10.0
H4: Andy Irons (Haw) 17.4 def. Michael Campbell (Aus) 16.25
H5: Luke Egan (Aus) 15.0 def. Shane Powell (Aus) 9.5
H6: Mick Fanning (Aus) 15.5 def. Renan Rocha (Brz) 13.85
H7: Rodrigo Dornelles (Brz) 16.05 def. Jake Paterson (Aus) 13.75
H8: Kieren Perrow (Aus) 15.25 def. Greg Emslie (SAfr) 15.0

Round three (1st > Rnd 4; 2nd=17th receives US$4,000)
H14: Jake Paterson (Aus) 16.5 def. Dean Morrison (Aus) 15.0
H15: Greg Emslie (SAfr) 13.0 def. Joel Parkinson (Aus) 11.0
H16: Kieren Perrow (Aus) 15.6 def. Pat O’Connell (USA) 12.25

Top 10 ratings after event #10/12
1. Andy Irons (Haw) 7,262-points
2. Luke Egan (Aus) 6,276
3. Taj Burrow (Aus) 5,932
4. Michael Lowe (Aus) 5,744
5. Joel Parkinson (Aus) 5,556
6. Mick Fanning (Aus) 5,480
7. Kieren Perrow (Aus) 5,470
8. Mark Occhilupo (Aus) 5,364
9. Danny Wills (Aus) 5,362
10. Shea Lopez (USA) 5,208