Photos by Jimmicane unless noted
Could this be the year for Taj? (Sorry, we know it's early. But it's just so exciting.) Photo: Sherm
Josh Kerr possibly ending Kelly's run of World Titles. I mean who wants to start of the year with an equal 5th?
Taj Burrow bested Adriano de Souza in the Sunday afternoon final of the Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast. Burrow, who fell behind early against the slightly faster, slightly more progressive, slightly more arm-wavy Adriano, caught a mid-heat wave and earned a generous 9.43 to take the lead. Adriano needed a high seven and despite a well-surfed wave and a big air-reverse, came just .27 short of taking out Taj. It was so close that as the horn hooted, Adriano waited on the water patrol’s sled prepared to celebrate. He looked exhausted. Taj waited in ankle deep water while Woody, head of ASP security, looked at the judges tower and pointed at Taj —Him?— before he got the nod and hoisted Taj upon his shoulders. Taj celebrated with a Corona in front of a home crowd and Adriano was gracious in defeat. It really could have gone either way.
And in the Roxy Pro it was the battle of blondes Laura Enever and Steph Gilmore. Laura was on point the whole event, shoving a “Chicks Check Ya Tits” headband down the throats of anyone who thought she was just a pretty face. And Steph (who will win world title this year) was in vintage form and beat Laura, who surfed well but had a couple of surprising falls in her first WT final. And just as Laura proved she’s not just a pretty face, Steph proved (to anyone who saw her around Coolangatta this past week) that she is not just a great surfer. She is also a pretty face.
So many pretty faces! So many great surfers! All is right in the world.
[Remain calm. We are currently collecting images from our stable of photographers, who have been owning shit on the Gold Coast for the past week and half. With said images, we will make a flipbook. Expect it late this week.]