Thursday, January 28, 2010—Yallingup, Western Australia: World number four rated surfer Taj Burrow looked super fit and relaxed as he enjoyed a morning of checking out and helping the next generation of aspiring West Australian competitive surfers competing in his Taj’s Small Fries event at Windmills Beach near Yallingup today.
With exactly one month remaining until Taj begins his 2010 ASP World Title campaign on the Gold Coast at the opening event to the ASP World Tour, Burrow’s looks content and focused spending time at home in Yallingup preparing himself for the season ahead.
“This time last year I was getting over injuries and it was a rush to be right for the season but right now I’m fully fit and looking forward to competing again next month” said Burrow
Burrows finished off last season the best possible way by winning the Billabong Pipeline Masters in Hawaii and would love to carry that form through to the opening event of the year but for today, it was all about checking out the best of WA’s grommet’s and enjoying his time at the beach with the enthusiastic under 12, 14 and 16 surfers competing.
“It’s great to see all these kids enjoying the waves here – they travel long distances from all over the state and also there’s quite a few from the east coast here and I just want to see them have fun and get some good waves ….. Some take the event seriously, others are just happy to be competing and giving it a good go.”
“We’ve had great waves every year we run and the next few days should be exceptional with a good swell starting to move in now – There are some outstanding surfers here and I’m keen to see them in some real quality surf and also go out and catch a few waves with them!”
Burrow and fellow ASP World Tour competitor Luke Stedman (Sydney) who is staying with Burrow to surf with over the coming week both took time out to surf with a few of the youngsters between heats.
Round one of the 16 Boys and 14 Boys was completed today and 12 year-old Jack Robinson (Margaret River) displayed the sort of surfing that many observers recall Taj showed at a similar age.
Robinson won the under 12 and under 14 division at this event last year and also made the final of the under 16’s and he’ll be hard to beat in every division again this year.
Others to impress included Zac Haynes-Love (City Beach), Jacob Wilcox (Margaret River), James Fleming (Geraldton) and Sam Humphrey (Wemberly Downs).
The event continues tomorrow with Yallingup main break the most likely venue and the finals will run throughout Saturday, again most likely at Yallingup.