DOB: June 2, 1978
Born: Busselton, WA Australia
Resides: Yallingup, WA Australia
Height: 5’9” (175cm)
Weight: 159 lbs (72 kg)
Stance: Natural (Regular)
Sponsors: Billabong wetsuits, clothing and accessories, Von Zipper eyewear, Globe footwear and Nanotune
Shaper: Matt Biolas/ Mayhem surfboards
Magic Stick: 5’11” x 18’ 3/16” x 2’ 3/16”
Training Ground: West Oz and Bali
Favorite Wave: West Oz Beachie
Favorite Maneuver: Airs, barrels and backside finners
Inspirations: Surf vids
Australian Surfing Hall of Fame Inductee
ASP World Tour Runner Up 1999, 2007,
ASP Rookie of the Year 1999
Video of the Year – Montaj – 2002 Surfer Poll Awards
ASP EVENT WINS
- O’Neill Santa Cruz Pro (2012)
- Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast (2012)
- Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast (2010)
- Billabong Pipe Masters (2009)
- Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach (2007)
- Billabong Pro Jeffreys Bay (2007)
- Nova Schin Festival WCT Brasil (2004)
- Mundial Coca Cola de Surf (2002)
- Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast (2001)
- Coke Surf Classic Manly (1999)
- Rio Marathon Surf International (1999)
- Reef Hawaiian Pro (2011)
- Breaka Burleigh Pro (2011)
- Breaka Burleigh Pro (2010)
- Honda US Open of Surfing (2004) ASP 6-Star
- Ericiera Surf Classic (2001) ASP 6-Star
- Coca Cola/Rusty Masters Margaret River (1997) ASP 4-Star
- OP Pukas Pro (1997) ASP 4-Star
- Headworx Pro Fistal Beach (1996) ASP 5-Star
Taj began his surfing days in southwest Western Australia at the age of 7. What the Yallingup area lacked in population it certainly made up for in a plethora of ledges, deadly points and powerful beach breaks. With these kind of surroundings and raised as an only child by parents Nancy and Vance, Taj and surfing meshed together well. He pulled on his first contest singlet aged 12 and after only two years he took out the under-18′s division of a local contest and didn’t look back, progressing to regular grommet and junior contests around the world in which he was rarely beaten.
While some surfers battle the hard ‘QS slog for years or even a lifetime, Taj qualified for the World Tour ranks on his debut attempt at 18, becoming the youngest surfer to do so at the time. He then stunned the surfing world by declining his spot to mature a little as a surfer so he could be “a genuine world title contender”. Taj knew he would be back, and a year later he was. In his first year on tour TB took out the 1998 Rookie of the Year award. In 1999 he finished second behind Occy and used his runner-up trophy as a fruit bowl – second simply won’t do.
His 1998 flick Sabotaj was the first of a string of profile movies to hit our shelves, followed shortly after by Montaj which won Video of the Year at the prestigious 2002 Surfer Poll Awards. In 2005 he released his third movie Taj Burrow’s Fair Bits which again took surfing and surf videos in fresh and unexplored directions. More recently he has starred alongside Andy Irons and Joel Parkinson in Taylor Steele’s film Trilogy and made regular appearances in all of Steele’s revered surf film releases. His latest section in Billabong’s Still Filthy was one of his strongest, claiming the Surfer Poll Best Video Maneuver Award for a giant full rotation air reverse in Bali.
2009 was a rollercoaster year for Taj Burrow, despite consistently reaching the quarterfinal and semi final stages he failed to post an event win leading into the Billabong Pipeline Masters in Hawaii. While the surfing world sat on the edge of their seats to see rivals Joel Parkinson and Mick Fanning go head to head for the world title, Taj slipped by unnoticed, cruising through the Pipe Masters draw to meet Kelly Slater in the final. With revenge on his mind he took the win, the biggest of his career, pocketing $90,000 and a spot in the history books. His win saw him finish in 4th on the year end ratings behind Bede Durbidge, Joel Parkinson and Mick Fanning.
With 2010 being Taj’s 12th year on tour, he kicked it off with a massive bang taking out the prestigious ASP Quiksilver Pro at Snapper Rocks in his home country. A couple of weeks prior, Taj also won the Burleigh Breaker Pro, which including Pipeline, made it three wins on the trot for TB, a hot streak no doubt. Taj then went on to come runnerup in the 6-star Prime QS in his neighbouring town of Margaret River, only to lose in the final to a couple of freakish airs from Josh Kerr. Since then, Taj has posted a couple of keeper results in Jeffery’s Bay and Bells Beach, with a couple of controversial throwaway results.
In 2011, Taj performed consistently ranked 4th at the end of the year, narrowly missing out a win and coming runner-up at the Gold Coast and Rio ASP Competitions. At the end of the season Taj cinched a win at the Halewai Pro in Hawaii. Taj also scored a rare cyclone swell at home in January, and went on a epic boat trip to Fiji scoring waves shot from a helicopter.
2012, Taj took out the Quiksilver Pro Gold Cost and ONeill Santa Cruz in style, taking 1st place at both events, beating Adriano De Souza in front of a fiery Brazilian crowd and ended up with a nail biting win against Wilko that was decided after the buzzer. Taj also moved from surfing exclusively on PU Firewires to experimenting with Matt Biolis / Mayhem shapes which he won both events riding. Taj also scored another freakish Cyclone Iggy at home early in the season, another north swell causing rare banks to break up and down the coast of WA.