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Taj Burrow wins Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast

March 5, 2010 |  8:36 am

Taj Burrow defeated Bobby Martinez in the semifinals before taking down Jordy Smith to win the Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast in Australia.

Australian Taj Burrow has won the Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast, beating Jordy Smith of South Africa in 2- to 3-foot waves. Burrow now tops the ASP World Tour rankings after the first event of the 2010 season.

Though Smith led throughout the first half of the 40-minute final, Burrow came back mid-heat in deteriorating conditions at Australia's Snapper Rocks.

"I didn’t feel like I surfed my best in the final," Burrow said. "I kind of just did what it took to win. I just waited for the best waves, did a couple nice turns -- nothing too wild. I’d rather have taken Jordy’s approach -- catch lots of waves and just let loose. That’s kind of my strategy normally, but it worked fine. Being a bit more patient and selective than usual definitely paid off. But I knew Jordy could unleash and get the big score any moment."

Burrow, who won the previous two events he entered (Pipeline in December and Burleigh Heads in February),  hopes to continue the momentum in his quest for the 2010 ASP World Title.

"I’m so so happy right now -- it’s the best feeling on Earth!" said Burrow. "It’s unreal. I have a good group of friends with me and my parents are here supporting me. To have everyone cheering me on in the final is really really special."

Smith, who defeated No. 6-ranked and nine-time ASP champion Kelly Slater in Round 4 and then No. 3 Bede Durbidge in the quarterfinals, still posted the best result of his career.

“It’s my first final so I’m pretty stoked," Smith said. "It’s unfortunate that the waves went kind of dead in our heat there, but we tried our best. It’s been a great event though, and I’m looking forward to the next one."

That next one will be the Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach, scheduled for March 30 to April 10.

Semifinal results:

Semifinal 1: Taj Burrow (AUS) 15.67 def. Bobby Martinez (USA) 13.00
Semifinal 2: Jordy Smith (ZAF) 16.30 def. Dane Reynolds (USA) 8.96

Final results:

1 – Taj Burrow (AUS) 15.57
2 – Jordy Smith (ZAF) 12.56

2010 ASP World Tour Standings Top 5, after Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast:

1 – Taj Burrow (AUS) 10000 pts
2 – Jordy Smith (ZAF) 8000 pts
3 – Bobby Martinez (USA) 6500 pts
3 – Dane Reynolds (USA) 6500 pts
5 – Joel Parkinson (AUS) 5250 pts
5 – Bede Durbidge (AUS) 5250 pts
5 – Adriano de Souza (BRA) 5250 pts
5 – Kai Otton (AUS) 5250 pts

-- Kelly Burgess

Photo: Taj Burrow defeated Bobby Martinez in the semifinals before taking down Jordy Smith to win the Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast in Australia. Credit: © Scholtz / ASP

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