• Taj's Small Fries Yallingup

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Professional surfer Taj Burrow will take time out from his stringent training regime this weekend to host his annual junior surfing event for boys and girls aged 16 and under. Taj's Small Fries Yallingup, will take place on Burrow's home breaks and local beaches in South-West of WA, from the 11th - 13th January 2013.

Now in its eighth year, Taj's Small Fries has become one of the most popular junior surfing events in Australia attracting some of the countries best future stars to the surf rich coastline of Yallingup that Taj himself grew up surfing.

After another successful year competing on the elite ASP World Tour, winning the Quiksilver Pro on the Gold Coast and more recently the O'Neill Coldwater Classic in Santa Cruz, Burrow finished the year in 6th position behind 2012 World Champion and close friend Joel Parkinson.

The attention of WA's favourite surfer will turn to the running of his own signature junior surfing event. Hopefuls will line-up in the 16/U Boy's, 16/U Girl's, 14/U Boy's, 14/U Girl's, 12/U Boy's and 12/U Girl's division and unlike standard competitions, Taj Burrow will be on hand to ensure the kids are having fun and enjoying all that Yallingup has to offer.

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"There's so many good waves around here, each year we've lucked out and scored near perfect conditions, Burrow said.

Every year we seem to get the most perfect little waves for the groms and I'm blown away by how much the kids rip. We have a few little things organised this year that the groms are going to be really excited about." He said.

The event which first started back in 2006 has been bolstered by the great support of the City of Busselton in 2013, with the CEO at the City of Busselton Mike Archer commenting on their involvement saying.

"Not only does this event put a national spot light on Yallingup, it's growing in profile and prestige and helping us to cement the City as a regional event hot spot."

"Taj's Small Fries is a celebration of local initiative and local talent. We have some amazing young surfing talent here in the South West and across Australia. This event both nurtures and showcases this talent and we welcome participants and spectators."

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Local WA surfers to have already entered include U16 Australian Champion Jacob Willcox (Margaret River), U14 Australian Champion Kael Walsh (Yallingup), along with Shaun Manners (Margaret River), and Yallingup trio Duke Nagtzaam, Eliza Greene and Boston Kavanagh.

Interstate competitors making the long trip West to Yallingup to compete include Kai Hing (QLD), Riley Laing (NSW), Reef Hazelwood (QLD) and Jeames Young (NSW), who will all be looking to take the prestigious Small Fries trophies home with them across the Nullabor.

Surfing West Australia Events Manager Justin Majeks said the Taj's Small Fries event always attracts great local, state, national and international interest.

"Taj is such an inspirational surfer, whether you're a grommet, older kid, teenager or even an adult he is still setting standards in the sport, which is hard to ignore especially here in Western Australia."

The event will run over three days and will offer families a host of great activities around Yallingup, including free yoga and dance classes and a special Small Fries photo and video exhibition on Saturday night.

Heat draw and event format now online www.surfingaustralia.com/wa/event-heat-draw.php?id=670

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