I made it out to the O’Neill Coldwater Classic just in time for the finals yesterday, and was able to throw together this little video of Taj after his win with some footage of the last heat. Enjoy!
Santa Cruz pro surfer Nat Young was ousted in the quarterfinals of the Burton Toyota Pro today — but not before he eliminated Australia’s Taj Burrow, the No. 1 surfer in the world according to the Association of Surfing Professionals rankings.
Young had a dominant performance early on in the competition at Merewether Beach in Australia, winning all of his heats outright to advance to the Round of 24. Brazil’s Filipe Toledo [13.77 points] won that three-man heat, and Young barely finished second with 10.27 points. Krystian Kymerson was eliminated with a two-wave total of 10.20 points — just .07 of a point off Young.
That narrow finish may have been just the incentive Young, who is ranked No. 37 in the world, needed to stay focused as he took on Burrow in the Round of 16. Out of seven waves, Young’s top two scores were 6.67 and 5.33, respectively. Burrow, who caught eight waves in the two-man heat, had scores of 6.60 and 4.50 count, putting Young up 12-11.10.
Young’s run came to an end in the quarterfinals, though, as Toledo again bested the Santa Cruz native. The Brazilian scored 16.34 to Young’s 14.86.
Toledo went on to earn a place in the final, where he lost to champion Willian Cardoso 10.60-9.50. Cardoso is ranked No. 8 in the world. Toledo is ranked No. 26.
The Burton Toyota Pro was run in conjunction with the Surfest Newcastle Australia.
— Christina Gullickson, on Twitter at CGullTweets