Taj Burrow saves 12-year-old surfer during his kids’ surf contest in Western Australia

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.

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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.

Taj Burrow coming to the aid of Chloe Campbell. Photo: Courtesy of Nick Woolacott/Surfing Western Australia
Taj Burrow coming to the aid of Chloe Campbell. Photo: Courtesy of Nick Woolacott/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.

Taj Burrow with Sarah Campbell (mother) and Chloe Campbell. Photo: Courtesy of Nick Woolacott/Surfing Western Australia
Taj Burrow with Sarah Campbell (mother) and Chloe Campbell. Photo: Courtesy of Nick Woolacott/Surfing Western Australia

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