He is one of our favorites. A true gentleman. Taj Burrow, 37, has announced his retirement from professional surfing. His ultimate pro surfing contest will be Fiji Pro.
Taj Burrow was born on the 2nd June 1978, in Busselton, Western Australia. He caught his first waves when he was only seven and, ten years later, he earned a place in the ASP World Tour.
However, Burrow declined the spot because he considered he was "too young to do the tour full-on." One year later, the young gun claimed the "Rookie of the Year" award. Taj's first big win was at the 1999 Coke Surf Classic Manly, but he would conquer a total of 12 Dream Tour event trophies throughout his career.
Why does Taj have so many fans? Easy. His contagious, trademark smile, his creative surfing, and his well-known good spirits - whether in victory of defeat - can only conquer the hearts of surfers from all generations.
"The sport has given me so much. Years of incredible waves, experiences, and friendships that I'll never forget. The WSL officials and competitors have not only pushed me to be a better surfer but have also become family to me," expressed Taj Burrow.
"I feel really happy at the moment and happy with my decision. I can't wait to experience a bit of freedom and get away from the same schedule I've had for two decades."
Taj Burrow finished the Championship Tour (CT) in runner-up position twice: 1999 and 2007. He never lost his spot on the elite level in the past 18 year seasons. Taj is a Pipe Master, and he recently made history with Mark Mathews at The Right.
In 2003, he published "Taj Burrow's Book of Hot Surfing" and, two years later, he founded the iconic Taj's Small Fries, a signature junior surfing event that has continuously showcased Australia's upcoming talents.
Thank you for the waves you rode, Taj Burrow.
Taj Burrow | ASP World Tour Career Victories
1999 | Coke Surf Classic Manly | Australia 1999 | Rio Marathon Surf International | Brazil 2001 | Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast | Australia 2002 | Mundial Coca-Cola de Surf | Brazil 2004 | Nova Schin Festival | Brazil 2007 | Billabong Pro Jeffreys Bay | South Africa 2007 | Rip Curl Pro | Australia 2009 | Billabong Pipeline Masters | Hawaii 2010 | Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast | Australia 2012 | Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast | Australia 2012 | O'Neill Cold Water Classic Santa Cruz | USA 2013 | Hurley Pro Trestles | USA