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Dane Reynolds (USA)  PIPELINE, Oahu/Hawaii (Tuesday, December 15, 2009) - Taj Burrow (AUS), 31, has claimed the 2009 Billabong Pipe Masters, defeating fellow Finalist Kelly Slater (USA), 37, in clean three-to-five foot (1 - 1.5 metre) waves at the Banzai Pipeline...The final event of the 2009 ASP World Tour season, the Billabong Pipe Masters culminated the Vans Triple Crown (an ASP Specialty Series), and provided non-stop, high-caliber action from the outset...Burrow wasted little time in putting Slater on the ropes in the 35-minute Final, racking up a 7.00 out of a possible 10 on his opening ride for an electric air reverse followed by some solid forehand maneuvers. With deteriorating conditions, Burrow stayed busy before collecting a 5.83 for an incredible full-rotation alley-oop, putting the pressure on Slater as time ran out..."There were perfect backdoor waves this whole event and then for the Final it went onshore," Burrow said. "It was strictly turns. It was all about turns and hopefully doing a few airs and I ped down to my shortboard and my plan was to just to let loose. It was tough because I knew Kelly (Slater) could do anything. Even when there was 20 seconds to go and I had priority, I was still scared. I just had nothing to lose and tried to let loose."..Today's victory mark's Burrow's first ASP World Tour win since 2007 and his first-ever win at the infamous Banzai Pipeline..Joel Parkinson (AUS), 28, was in the running for the 2009 ASP World Title before bowing out of the Billabong Pipe Masters in Round 3 of competition. Although Gold Coast stable mate Mick Fanning (AUS), 28, claimed the 2009 ASP World Title, Parkinson's efforts throughout the Vans Triple Crown (an ASP Specialty Series) saw the talented natural-footer awarded with his second consecutive Vans Triple Crown Title as well as a bonus $50,000 from the Vans Triple Threat prize pool..."This is my consolation prize to this year's ASP World Title," Parkinson said. "To me, the Triple Crown is th
Dane Reynolds (USA) PIPELINE, Oahu/Hawaii (Tuesday, December 15, 2009) - Taj Burrow (AUS), 31, has claimed the 2009 Billabong Pipe Masters, defeating fellow Finalist Kelly Slater (USA), 37, in clean three-to-five foot (1 - 1.5 metre) waves at the Banzai Pipeline...The final event of the 2009 ASP World Tour season, the Billabong Pipe Masters culminated the Vans Triple Crown (an ASP Specialty Series), and provided non-stop, high-caliber action from the outset...Burrow wasted little time in...
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