Taj Burrow on track to win at Hang Loose Santa Catarina Pro
Taj Burrow has made it abundantly clear that he made the trek to Brazil to win the Hang Loose Santa Catarina Pro. The current World No. 2 amassed the highest heat total of the event to take out former tour surfer Raoni Monteiro from Brazil 18.10 to 13.17 today. If Burrow goes on to win the event, it will mark his fourth ASP World Tour victory in Brazil.
“I’m feeling good and confident, just warming up, feeling my board, the waves and the water, so I’m happy to be here in Brazil,” Burrow said. “I really want to win this contest.” Brazil’s punchy beach breaks suit Burrow’s style perfectly, allowing him to use his aerial antics to delight the fans on the beach and the judges alike. Today was no exception.
“I’m surfing pretty comfortably,” Burrow said. “It’s good when the jet-skis pick you up and you can surf a lot of waves. It’s really fun out there because you can try trick maneuvers and do aerials.”
World No. 3 Bede Durbidge also made his heat today. Though Durbidge would love nothing more to finish the year second behind nine-time ASP World Champion Kelly Slater and ahead of Burrow, he’s trying to take it all in stride at the moment. “I just try to not think too much about it,” Durbidge said. “I’m just trying to have fun and enjoy Brazil, so let’s see what happens.”
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