Taj Burrow will throw himself into the Burton Toyota Pro at Newcastle after suffering defeat to Kelly Slater at the Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast this week.
Taj Burrow will throw himself into the Burton Toyota Pro at Newcastle after suffering defeat to Kelly Slater at the Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast this week. SMP Images/Simon Hodgson

Burrow leads top seeds

TAJ Burrow won’t have to wait long to atone for his disappointing loss to Kelly Slater in the Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast final.

The current world number two will be top seed at Merewether’s 4-star, US$85,000 Burton Toyota Pro, starting March 15.

Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) received 106 entries for the event, including 29 overseas international surfers, spanning five continents.

Newly-crowned world junior champion Jack Freestone and the event’s 2007 champion Jay “Bottle” Thompson will head the Gold Coast charge.

Freestone will be surfing at the event for the first time and will look to build on his round of 96 exit from the Breaka Burleigh Pro last month.

Former Newcastle champions, South African Travis Logie (2009) and last year’s champion Glen “Micro” Hall, have confirmed they will be back for another crack at the prestigious MR trophy.

Hopes for a Newcastle surfer to be the first local to win the event rest with Craig Anderson, Ryan Callinan, Jesse Adam, Sam Lendrum and Jake Sylvester.

The men’s event waiting period is from March 15 to 20.

Sally Fitzgibbons will head a star-studded field in the women’s event, held from March 15 to 19.



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