Taj Burrow delays retirement for at least another day

Taj Burrow has managed to hold off retirement for at least another day.

The Aussie surfer was on the verge of his final performance in the professional surfing arena after losing his opening heat of the Fiji Pro, sending him through to the elimination round two heats.

Round two was called on by organisers on Monday morning and Burrow was set up for a difficult clash with Brazillian Caio Ibelli.


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If Burrow lost the heat, it would spell the end of his career, after he announced Fiji would be his last event before retirement earlier in the year.

The Aussie started off his heat with a solid 7.27 but sat out in the line up for some time with only a backup score of 2.53.

Meanwhile, Ibelli managed to put together two solid scores of a 6.50 and 6.53 to hold the lead.

But with a matter of minutes left on the clock, Burrow managed to lock in an excellent range score of 8.03 to grab control of the heat.

It was a nervous few minutes for Burrow fans, as Ibelli held priority as the minutes ticked down.

It was in the dying seconds that Ibelli managed to find a wave and stood up – but the judges ruled he didn’t get to his feet before the hooter sounded, handing Burrow the heat victory.

He’ll now move through to round three, along with fellow Aussies Mick Fanning and Matt Wilkinson who also survived their round two heats this morning.

Julian Wilson wasn’t so lucky, he went down to Brazillian Alejo Muniz in what was the biggest upset of the early heats.

More Australians will fight to stay in the comp throughout the morning and early afternoon, with Josh Kerr, Stu Kennedy, Jack Freestone, Ace Buchan and Davey Cathels all up in the remaining round two heats.