The 37-year-old Tour vet will surf his last event at the Fiji Pro
By Dashel Pierson
After a lengthy 18 years of surfing on the World Tour, Taj Burrow has announced his retirement. The 37-year-old will surf his final event at the Fiji Pro in June. Burrow bust on the scene early, qualifying for the Tour at the ripe age of 17. He declined, stating that he was “too young.” The following season, as a full-time competitor, he was named Rookie of the Year. Among many World Tour victories, Burrow has been a standout without the jersey, progressing the sport with aerials and releasing some of the sport’s most celebrated video parts of all time. And he’ll surely continue to astound on surf craft, even if he isn’t hunting points on Tour.
“The sport has given me so much,” Burrow said in a statement from the WSL. “Years of incredible waves, experiences and friendships that I’ll never forget. The WSL officials and competitors have not only pushed me to be a better surfer but have also become family to me.”
Aside from his surfing family, Burrow recently embarked on the journey of fatherhood. He and his girlfriend Rebecca Jobson recently welcomed a daughter, Arabella Rose Burrow. For obvious reasons, the arrival of a smushy-faced progeny had an impact on the West Oz regularfoot’s decision. But that wasn’t all that compelled him to hang up the singlet.
“I feel like I don’t really have the hunger to win anymore,” Taj said in a interview with the WSL. “But losing still hurts just as much, so it doesn’t really add up. I would rather let it go.”
While he never won a World Title (though he came runner-up to Mark Occhilupo in 1999), Taj feels at peace with his career. As he should be, having been at one point the favorite surfer of both groms studying his films obsessively and his fellow Tour competitors alike.
“I didn’t want to let missing out on that Title burden me too much,” Burrow said. “Winning certain events throughout my career have been amazing highlights. And I’m pretty content with that.”