WA's BIGGEST JUNIOR SURFING EVENT RETURNS TO YALLINGUP WITH TAJ'S SMALL FRIES ATTRACTING SOME OF AUSTRALIA'S BEST TALENT

Western Australia’s biggest and most prestigious junior surfing event, Taj's Small Fries will celebrate it's 13th instalment next week, with over one hundred frothing grommets preparing to converge on Taj Burrow’s wave-rich hometown of Yallingup for three-days of non-stop stoke.
 
Taj’s Small Fries presented by Flight Centre and the City of Busselton, will see international icon and WA’s most successful professional surfer Taj Burrow, play host to some of the best junior surfing talent from across Australasia.
 
After an amazing 19 year career competing on the elite World Championship tour, Burrow is buzzing with anticipation to see a horde of impressive junior surfers tackle the same waves he grew up surfing as a grommet.

“It's a blur of great waves, good times and outstanding performances, I can't believe how lucky we've been for this event over the years,” said Burrow. “13 years is crazy, it's gone really fast. Each year I look forward to seeing the new talent that's coming through, who's been ripping, who's stepping it up and of course the rivalries between the local WA crew and the east coast and international surfers who come to Yallingup to compete.”
 
Launching Surfing Western Australia's extensive competition program for 2018, Taj's Small Fries will see boys and girls line up in seven separate divisions including; 16 & Under, 14 & Under, 12 & Under and Burrow's favourite division of them all, the 10 & Under Micro Groms.
 
“WA has produced some of the best surfers in the world and the conditions over here are pretty unique and can be pretty extreme, so I think that gives the locals the advantage, but all the kids are getting better and better each and every year,” said Burrow.
 
Since it’s inception in 2006, Taj's Small Fries has become a rite of passage for many of the country's best young surfers and has become the launch pad for many aspiring surfing prodigies.

2018 will be no different, with a record field of surfers converging from right across WA, as well NSW, QLD and VIC. There will again be an international flavour to this years Small Fries with surfers from Japan and Brazil also lining up to compete.
 
Taj’s Small Fries is proudly supported by the City of Busselton, which is the events capital of WA.
 
“We’re exceptionally proud of our surfing heritage and culture here in the South-West,” said City of Busselton Mayor Grant Henley. “Taj Burrow's Small Fries event is integral in developing young talent and enabling local kids to mix it with some of the best young champions in what can only be described as a world-class surfing arena. The City is proud to sponsor the event and I wish everyone involved the very best.”

Taj’s Small Fries is the second stop on Billabong’s Bloodlines Series, which alongside Parko’s Grom Stomp (Sunshine Coast, QLD), The Oz Grom Cup (Coffs Harbour, NSW) and Occy’s Grom Comp (Gold Coast, QLD), provide a one of a kind experience for Australia's next crop of emerging surfers and future World Champions.
 
As well as three days of red-hot surfing action, there will be no shortage of fun and interactive opportunities for competitors and families to enjoy throughout the event. Surf fans will get the chance to rub shoulders with Taj at the opening ceremony next Thursday, the first ever Small Fries launch party on Friday, the Small Fries movie night on Saturday and the presentations and closing ceremony on Sunday.

Taj will also hand pick one lucky Small Fry to attend the Surfing World Grom Bash, which is a money can't buy surfing experience and editorial feature reserved for the best and most outstanding performer.

For the first time ever Taj's Small Fries will be streaming live heat scores and results for people to follow from anywhere in the world via Surfing WA's new live event site: www.surfingwalive.asn.au
 
Spectators and competitors are encouraged to interact via Instagram: Follow @surfing_wa,  @billabong_australia & @citybusselton and be sure to use the hashtags #TBSmallFries and #BillabongBloodlines.

Surfing WA reminds all our travelling competitors and families of the dangers of sending a text message or using a mobile phone while behind the wheel. The #NoTxtNoWrecks message is supported by our road safety partner RAC.
 
Stay tuned to www.surfingwa.com.au for news, photos and updates relating to the 2018 Taj's Small Fries. 
 
Taj's Small Fries Honour Roll (16 & Under Boys & Girls Champions):

2017:
Finn Cox (WA)
Emma Cattlin (WA)

2016:
Josh Cattlin (WA)
April McPherson (WA)

2015:
Kael Walsh (WA)
Mia McCarthy (WA)

2014:
Reef Heazlewood (QLD)
Emi Campbell (WA)

2013:
Kai Hing (QLD)
Billie Melinz (NSW)

2012:
Jack Robinson (WA)
Eliza Greene (WA)

2011:
Jack Robinson (WA)
Zoe Clarke (VIC)

2010:
Jack Robinson (WA)
Mikaela Greene (WA)

2009:
Soli Bailey (NSW)
India Payne (VIC)

2008:
Regan Fredricks (NSW)
Laura Macaulay (WA)

2007:
Dean Bowen (NSW)
Felicity Palmateer (WA)

2006:
Shaun Howe (WA)
Felicity Palmateer (WA)

About Taj's Small Fries:
Taj’s Small Fries, is WA's biggest and best junior surfing event named after Yallingup resident and international surfing star Taj Burrow. The annual event is celebrating it's 13th year and first started back in 2006 and continually attracts some of the best junior surfing talent from across Australasia to Yallingup in the South-West of Western Australia.