Taj Burrow

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Taj Burrow
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Personal information
Born 02-06-1978 (age 39)
Birth place Busselton, Western Australia
Residence Yallingup, Western Australia
Bali, Indonesia
Height 1.75m
Weight 72kg
Surfing specifications
Stance Natural (regular) foot
Sponsors Billabong, Lost Surfboards, Von Zipper, Globe, Futures Fins
Major achievements ASP World Tour Runner Up 1999, 2007

ASP Rookie of the Year 1998
Australian Male Surfer of the Year 1997

Website tajburrow.com

Taj Burrow (born 2 June 1978) is an Australian professional surfer who, as of March 2014, is competing in the ASP World Tour.

Early life

Burrow was born in Yallingup, Western Australia, Australia to American parents and began surfing at age 7.[1]

Career

In 1998 he qualified for the ASP World Tour at 18-years-old, becoming the youngest surfer to do so at the time.[2] Burrow had already earned a place on the world tour a year earlier, but he turned it down stating that, as a 17-year-old, he was "too young to do the tour full-on".[1][3] After his first year on tour in 1998, Burrow claimed the ASP World Tour Rookie of the Year award after finishing 12th place in the rankings.[4][5]

In 2007 Burrow won the Rip Curl Pro at Bells Beach, Victoria, Australia.[6] He backed this up with a victory at the 2007 Billabong Pro in Jeffrey's Bay, South Africa, where he claimed the title over the then 8-time world champion, Kelly Slater. This win helped to secure his 2nd place ranking on the ASP Men's Tour, his second runner-up season placing.

In 2009, Burrow defeated Slater in the final of the Billabong Pipeline Masters at the Banzai Pipeline.[7] In the same year he finished fourth place on the World Tour.[5]

Burrow won the 2013 Hurley Pro event in September 2013 for the first time, beating fellow Australian Julian Wilson.[8]

Sponsors

As of September 2013, Burrow is sponsored by Globe, Billabong, Modom Surf, Von Zipper and Nanotune.[5]

ASP Tour Wins

Year Event Venue Country
1999 Coke Surf Classic Manly Manly Beach, Sydney Template:AUS
1999 Rio Marathon Surf International Rio de Janeiro Template:BRA
2001 Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast Gold Coast Template:AUS
2002 Mundial Coca-Cola de Surf Saquarema Template:BRA
2004 Nova Schin Festival Florianopolis Template:BRA
2007 Billabong Pro Jeffreys Bay Jeffreys Bay Template:RSA
2007 Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach Template:AUS
2009 Billabong Pipeline Masters Banzai Pipeline Template:Flagicon Hawaii
2010 Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast Gold Coast Template:AUS
2012 Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast Gold Coast Template:AUS
2012 O'Neill Cold Water Classic Santa Cruz Santa Cruz, California Template:USA
2013 Hurley Pro Trestles San Clemente, California Template:USA

Other projects

In 2003 Burrow released a book entitled Taj Burrow's Book of Hot Surfing,[9] and has also produced a series of his own surf videos: Sabotaj (2000),[10] Montaj (2002)[11] and Taj Burrow's Fair Bits (2005).[2]

In 2008–09 Globe released a shoe line named after Burrow.[12]

Since 2005 Burrow has hosted the 'Taj Small Fries' junior surfing competition at Yallingup, Western Australia.[13]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 The Encyclopedia of SurfingHarcourt.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Team - Taj Burrow. Billabong US. Billabong International Ltd. Retrieved 24 September 2013.
  3. [1]
  4. Fuel TV Profile
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Surfer Profile: Taj Burrow. The Association of Surfing Professionals. Retrieved 24 September 2013.
  6. Margie McDonald (13 April 2007). Burrow last man standing to ring bell. The Australian. Retrieved 24 September 2013.
  7. AAP (16 December 2009). Pushing our Burrow. Herald Sun. Retrieved 24 September 2013.
  8. Taj Burrow Wins The 2013 Hurley Pro. GrindMedia, LLC. Retrieved 24 September 2013.
  9. Taj Burrow's Book of Hot Surfing
  10. Sabotaj
  11. Montaj
  12. 23-Jan-2009 Surf Europe article 'Taj re-signs with Globe Shoes', retrieved 24-Oct-2011
  13. Simon Barratt (January 2010). Taj’s Small Fries grommet event set to roll in Yallingup. Retrieved 24 September 2013.

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