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Billabong Taj's Small Fries launches in good surf

Reef Hazelwoord © Surfing Australia/Robertson

Billabong Taj’s Small Fries

Surfing West Australia
Yallingup Western Australia
28 - 30 January 2011

Billabong Taj's Small Fries comp scores great surf at Shallows Reef

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 29 January, 2011 : - - Yallingup -- Australia's top young surfers ventured off to the northern end of Yallingup Beach for day two of the Billabong Taj's Small Fries to surf yet another new location at this event and were treated to high performance clean 1m surf on a neat reef known as Shallows.

Perfect left and right peaks over a combined sand and reef set up allowed the youngsters to score big and visiting Queensland surfer Reef Hazelwoood (Caloundra) typified all the grom's feelings about this event after he comfortably won his 12 and under heat today.

"It's my first time in WA and I really love it here - seems like there's great waves everywhere and I can see why Taj lives in such a place - I've had lots of good surfs and I'm into the semi finals  and hoping I can do well." At just 11 years of age, Reef has a lot of surfing ahead of him as he competes in both the 14 and 12 Boy's divisions.

Interstate surfers dominated the morning action headed by Victorian Zoe Clarke who posted two excellent 8 point plus rides to notch up the highest heat winning tally of the morning with 17.15 for her top two scoring rides. Thirteen year old Zoe is the defending champion in the 14 Girls division  and she's quietly confident she can win here again.

" I love coming here for this event - we always find fantastic surf in new locations and the waves are punchy which is always good - it's my favourite event." Local Yallingup surfer Duke Nagtzaam flew the WA flag today with an awesome display of progressive, stylish and powerful surfing when he dominated his 12 and under Boy's division quarter final.

Duke, who has just turned 12,  posted both the events single highest scoring ride of a 9.25 along with the highest heat tally of 18 out of 20, impressing everyone at the beach. "That was a great heat for me but there's a lot of good surfers in the semi finals so I'll need to keep surfing well - there's some east coast surfers who are ripping here" said the aptly named Duke.

Taj Burrow excited all the young surfers by free surfing right next to the competition bank, watching a number of heats and generally mixing with all the stoked grommets. "Everyday we seem to go to new spots around here  making sure they get the best of the surf which is good for all of them - I don't know if there's many more breaks we can take them to, over the five years we've run this event I think we've nearly surfed every wave in the area" said Taj.

Sixteen and under along with 14 and under Boys quarter finals surfed during the afternoon with some excellent high tide waves.
Tomorrow's finals are expecting great waves during the morning hopefully BEFORE cyclone Bianca crosses the coast!

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Steve Robertson

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