After declaring post Round 3 that, "Everything went my way which was unfortunate for Wilko" Taj went on to pull the rug from Andy Iron's feet and suddenly it became clear even to his greatest sceptics that this year Taj means business. All of a sudden there is a gap in the procession of coronations and it's his time, thing is, it's a gap he's forged.
"It feels great," Burrow said. "I owe him (Irons) a couple. We've had some amazing battles over our careers. He's been in deadly form. He's all alive so it was good to get him for sure. I had a great time. The waves are really good. I think it might even be one the best surfs I've had at Winki - only small, but just so clean and with the high tide they were coming from this little deep peak.
"Every wave I took off on had such a nice wall. It was good to have a few sets come through too. I was worried about the heat being inconsistent but it ended up pumping."
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