Ecstatic from his victory, Taj Burrow (AUS) took some time after being crowned at the Hurley Pro at Lowers to tell The Surf Channel about his hard fought 4-day battle at the famous break. With recent disputes to help Save Trestles from the construction of the 241 Toll Road, Burrow reinforces the rare gem that San Onofre State Beach truly is to the surfers of Southern California. The Billabong team rider will now head to Hossegor for the Quiksilver Pro France sitting in the fourth position on the ASP World Championship Tour rankings.
The Surf Channel Editor-In-Chief, Shannon Quirk, took a second with the champ in this exclusive interview to reflect on the sweet taste of victory.
The Surf Channel: It seems like you’ve been surfing your best in California, winning the O’Neill Coldwater Classic in Santa Cruz and now Lowers.
Taj Burrow: I enjoy California. I don’t do a heap of time here, but this year I came over like two weeks in advance to get used to the waves and weather and my boards. I love it here, so I’m pretty happy with the results I’ve had!
- There’s no doubt the Australian chose the best of his 18 boards to ride at Lowers. Photo: Surf Channel | Shannon Quirk
Did you catch the bigger swell a fews days prior to competition?
Burrow: I got a little bit of swell, but didn’t get as much surfing done as I had hoped. I got 18 new boards off of Matt Biolis and I didn’t get to ride all of them because there wasn’t much surf. I’m happy with what I got. I picked out a little gem, so it’s all good.
Everyone is trying to save this beach through the Save Trestles campaign. Why do you think it’s so important?
Burrow: This is such a special little bit of coast. This wave blows my mind every time I come here. I can’t believe how fun it is. There could be no waves anywhere else, yet the waves are just incredible here even though its small, the guys are getting 9-point rides and going absolutely crazy and still putting on a good show when there is no swell in the ocean. It’s just such a magnet and I think California needs it.
- Burrow brought his chiseled aerial maneuvers to every heat during the Hurley Pro event. Photo: Surf Channel | Emily Bates
Anything to say about Julian Wilson’s performance during the contest?
Burrow: His performance was probably the most impressive out of anyone’s. He just rips. He was a threat and going to be in the final, in my eyes, the whole time.