3/3/12: Taj Burrow wins the first contest of the 2012 ASP WCT season at Snapper Rocks on his surfboard shaped by …lost shaper and co-founder Matt Biolos. Here's Matt's take on the win from his blog.
“Today was a good day. In the Spring of 1998 I came to Australia for the first time. I had just started working (shaping boards) with Shane Beschen after he ended a long (and successful) relationship with his former board shaper. My second day in the land down under I stood on the beach at Manly and watched Shane win the Coke Classic WCT event, beating Sunny Garcia in the final, and we proceeded to Party like Rock stars. 14 years later, today, I got to stand on the beach and watch Taj win the Quiksilver Pro on a 5'9.5″ x 18.32″ x 2.18″ Whiplash. It was the first time since that day with Shane that I got to see someone win one of these WT events in person… 14 years was a long time to wait. Interestingly enough, Shane was right here with me again (he's staying next door with his family, as Carissa's coach) watching it go down and bringing back memories. Gotta love Australia!”