COOLANGATTA, Australia — Australia’s Taj Burrow came from behind in the last 90 seconds of the final to beat Kaua‘i’s Andy Irons to win the Rip Curl Pro, late last week.
Irons began solid, cracking away early and many thought that he was in line to ring his third bell. Burrow caught a decent ride and was back in contention, but after stumbling a few times, no one thought that he could potentially go all the way. Then looming out the back was one of the bigger sets of the day. Burrow grabbed it and needed a 6.90 to catch Irons. Burrow launched into amazing turns to score a 9.0 and a win.
It was Burrow’s first win since 2004.
With this finish, Irons moves up to No. 6 in the world rankings. Irons won this even twice before, first in 2002 and then again in 2003. His next event will be in Tahiti, next month.