Taj Burrow’s J-Bay Winning Quiver

Taj Burrow
Height: 5’9″
Weight: 153 lbs.
Boards per year: 40+

*All boards shaped by Nev Hyman

“This is pretty much my normal quiver for the tour, at least for events that are six feet and under. I’ll take a bunch of 5’11″s, a 6’0″, and maybe a 6’1”. This was shot during the Billabong Pro at J-Bay, so it’s mostly shortboards. Once I get to someplace I’ll try ’em all out and narrow it down to one that’s working the best. Certain boards suit certain waves, so even if a board goes really well at somewhere like J-Bay, it might not be the one for Trestles, so I’m always trying out different boards to find that one little princess for wherever I am.
It’s funny, though, the board I won the contest on isn’t in here actually. I was spraying the rails black when we were shooting this, and it was drying out there.”-Taj

5’11” x 18 3/16″ x 2 3/16″ Squashtail
“This one is pretty much my standard shortboard dimensions. Basically Nev will just change up little stuff like volume, rocker, or fin placement. This one has the little stringer, you just can’t see it because it’s been sprayed over.”

5’11” x 18 1/8″ x 2 1/8″ Squashtail
“I had a good surf on this one at J-Bay one morning when it was about five foot. I got a nice double-up barrel and was thinking it might be the one to ride, but I couldn’t decide if I’d just got a good one on it or if it was the one. I ended up riding the one with the black rails, but I’m sure I’ll be riding this one again soon.”

5’11” x 18 3/16″ x 2 3/16″ Squashtail
“You can see the fin hanging out on the side of this one. We had a lot of small days at J-Bay this year, and when it’s tiny you’ll be hugging the rocks, very close in. I was freesurfing one day and got a little rock hopper, did a floater, and when I looked down it was all rock below. I tried to pull through the back, but ended up going over and onto the rocks and flattened all three fins off my board.”

5’11” x 18 1/8″ x 2 1/8″ Squashtail
“This board is thinner than the rest of the quiver, less volume. It goes really good at beachbreaks, but it was too light for a pointbreak wave at J-Bay.”

6’0″ x 18 1/8″ x 2 3/16″ Squashtail
“For me a 6’0″ goes good for a bit bigger J-Bay, it gives you more drive and projection down the line. I rode this on one of the rare bigger days we got this year. It felt really good, throws a bit more spray than my 5’11″s, but isn’t quite as loose.”

6’1″ x 18 3/16″ x 2 3/16″ Rounded pintail
“This one was a freshie. I didn’t get to ride it down there, but I’m hoping for some surf in Europe to give it a go in.”