Taj torments our tyros
TAJ BURROW seems to have it in for Far North Coast surfers after the West Australian saw off another challenger from our parts at the Quiksilver Pro at Snapper Rocks on the Gold Coast yesterday.
In pumping 2- to 3-foot waves, Burrow, ranked fourth in world surfing, ended Lennox Head surfer Owen Wright’s campaign in the third-round heats yesterday.
Wright was nowhere near the hunt as Burrow curled his way to a score of 12.84 while Wright could manage only a paltry 6.67 within the allotted time frame.
Earlier, Burrow had eliminated Byron Bay’s Garrett Parkes in the second round of heats.
But the news was good for Byron Bay’s Kieren Perrow, who will advance to the fourth round after ending Mick Campbell’s run with a 13.06-point ride, just a fraction ahead of Campbell’s 12.43.
World No 14 Perrow will face fellow Aussie Bede Durbidge, the world No 3, in the next round.
Top-ranked men’s surfer Mick Fanning had no trouble against tour rookie Brett Simpson, from the United States, while nine-time world champion Kelly Slater advanced to the next round after seeing off another tour rookie, compatriot Patrick Gudauskas.
Lennox Head’s Tyler Wright will have to wait until a decision is made by organisers to resume the women’s Roxy Pro this morning. Wright is set to face world No 1 Stephanie Gilmore.