Recently-retired pro surfer Taj Burrow may no longer compete, but he’s still a legend. During his annual Taj’s Small Fries surf contest for surfers 16 and under in his hometown of Yallingup, Western Australia, Burrow saved a 12-year-old competitor from the large surf over the weekend.
For the opening day on Friday of Burrow’s Small Fries event, the surf in Yallingup was well overhead. Burrow was already out in the water for a girls under 14 heat when 12-year-old Chloe Campbell took a solid set on the head and snapped her leash. Burrow noticed she was in distress and reacted quickly.
“It was pretty solid out there and I was just in the right place at the right time when her leg rope snapped,” Burrow told Surfing Western Australia.
He continued the story for The Sunday Times:
“The jetski wasn’t able to get to where she (Chloe) was, but luckily I was right next to her and I could tell she was kind of panicking a little but. So I just gave her my surfboard. She said ‘Thank you so much’, grabbed it and caught it to the beach. I did what anyone would have done.”
Burrow then checked in on Campbell on the beach, where Campbell told The Sunday Times, “I was in tears (back on the beach) because I was very overwhelmed and frustrated, so I just said, ‘Thank you for saving me.’ He said, ‘Nah, it’s all good,’ and gave me a pat on the back. I’m a big fan. He really helped me out and he’s just a great person, very nice.”
Just goes to show what a legend Burrow truly is.
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