Watch: Taj Burrow // Cult of Freedom

Stu Nettle
Swellnet Dispatch

It's been a while since Globe dropped the first clip of their Cult of Freedom series. The CoF idea was different from the get go: a rolling series of clips that would, in their entirety, constitute a film.

Nothing in there about deadlines or consistency so seven months after the opener Globe present 'The Taj Part'.

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Blowin commented Thursday, 14 Jun 2018 at 9:09am

Fella frickin rips. Pretty hard to not be impressed by that clip.

Too bad about the knee there mate. After seeing a couple of those backhand floats in Indo it makes it even more painful considering the toy little wave he fell on.

Still one of my favourite surfers to watch.

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daisy duke kaha... commented Thursday, 14 Jun 2018 at 9:43am

Those HTs roll ins.......

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udo commented Thursday, 14 Jun 2018 at 12:34pm

Yes the roll ins...would have me looking for nothing less than a 7'0

Off Topic : Rob Machado is an Aussie ...born in Manly

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clif commented Thursday, 14 Jun 2018 at 11:30pm

step offs you think?

"Don't try. That's very important: not to try." Charles Bukowski

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memlasurf commented Monday, 18 Jun 2018 at 2:29pm

Yep, he didn't paddle into those on that thing. I would be admiring his ability from the beach thank you very much.

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Gary G commented Thursday, 14 Jun 2018 at 12:29pm

Gary acknowledges that Taj's surfing is one of a kind - his ability to turn on a dime is super unique, and his bottom-of-the-wave-speed-trim-to-vert-backhand-lip-approach is also one of the best in the Biz (as seen in the macaronis section of that clip).

BUT.

Gary often wants to see Taj use all that speed from his approach to really thrust his rail harder for longer in his turn at the top of the stroke, whereas often it's more of a wham-bam flick of Taj's equipment and then he's onto the next conquest.

Personal preference, 'tis all.

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memlasurf commented Monday, 18 Jun 2018 at 2:30pm

Yes on the money.

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freeride76 commented Thursday, 14 Jun 2018 at 1:03pm

totally agree with Gary G

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southey commented Thursday, 14 Jun 2018 at 4:35pm

Yeah the bloke rips .
Would be nice to witness the paddling , but i know thats not going to happen .

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Timetosurf commented Tuesday, 19 Jun 2018 at 6:32pm

yep, I enjoy watching the paddle too, the set up, was he under pressure or did he turn and go, its all part of the surfing experience including the viewing for me

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channel-bottom commented Thursday, 14 Jun 2018 at 5:09pm

Feel sorry for the world of pain about to visit the bloke duckdiving at 6.53

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Timmy 56 commented Thursday, 14 Jun 2018 at 11:21pm

Haha while taj is laughing with the cameraman old mate is having a skin treatment , (for free).

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Wharfjunkie commented Saturday, 16 Jun 2018 at 8:04pm

Feel for that guy.

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udo commented Saturday, 16 Jun 2018 at 8:12pm

Photographer eh ... hung in there late for the extended arm out pic.

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Wharfjunkie commented Saturday, 16 Jun 2018 at 9:28pm

Yeah now you mentioned it he will be better of than the other chap.

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geoffrey commented Thursday, 14 Jun 2018 at 5:35pm

at 3:59 when the sunlight disappears off him and hes totally in the shade

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mr mick commented Thursday, 14 Jun 2018 at 6:35pm

Should've won a world title!!

Mr mick

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yogii commented Wednesday, 20 Jun 2018 at 11:22pm

Ripping and getting more "points" than a guy next to you in a 30 minute timeframe ain't the same thing

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yogii commented Wednesday, 20 Jun 2018 at 11:23pm

Ripping and getting more "points" than a guy next to you in a 30 minute timeframe ain't the same thing

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frog commented Thursday, 14 Jun 2018 at 6:50pm

Would like to see some distant line up shots of HTs at that size

Frogg

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Legrope commented Thursday, 14 Jun 2018 at 10:24pm

That was the best surf clip I've seen in ages. Cheers, I might watch it again and again.

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Goodwill commented Thursday, 14 Jun 2018 at 10:38pm

Yep, agree Legrope that was sick.

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Mort commented Thursday, 14 Jun 2018 at 11:05pm

Freedom is not a cult, it just is. You don't need to make it sound groovy, it already is. That is where people who are really fucked up will try. Your Old Man should have told you that, or maybe you should have talked to him before you where in something like this.

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Mort commented Thursday, 14 Jun 2018 at 11:12pm

Ok, I get it swastiker in the middle of Afghanistan, no , I really get it. But I will quote Peter Bowes, you have to go a little bit deeper. I lose my way when I go a bit deeper, stumble around, police will turn up soon.

Love your line, man.

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Mort commented Saturday, 23 Jun 2018 at 11:33pm

Heres a Story

There was a Prince who had everything, he built this building, he was not to sure why he built it He felt unsatisified. So he built a decent copy over the river, he wasn't to sure why he did that.

It was the bounce back affect, he was to sure if that is what he wanted.

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Mort commented Thursday, 14 Jun 2018 at 11:20pm

Man, I miss your surfing. I miss surfing.

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tango commented Friday, 15 Jun 2018 at 11:01pm

I do love a bit of old school in the mornings....not a half-arsed bloody air in sight. Double thumbs up.

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spuddyjack commented Monday, 18 Jun 2018 at 1:53pm

Bloody beautiful . . . Taj savours his freedom in a state of grace. No wanky airs, no narcissism, just pure joy. Michael Petersen, with all his demons, would tilt his hat at this one.
Thanks Swellnet for uploading this.

Stay salty

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memlasurf commented Monday, 18 Jun 2018 at 2:33pm

Yep, beats flippy and the Brazilian air travel any time in my book. All about the amazing the wave itself is and the fit with surfer.

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savanova commented Monday, 18 Jun 2018 at 2:51pm

in the begining is that his stash of boards?

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zenagain commented Tuesday, 19 Jun 2018 at 1:21am

Magic!

That last tube, mother nature just breathing. I'd be smiling too.

Watashi wa metabo oyagi desu.

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Wharfjunkie commented Wednesday, 20 Jun 2018 at 9:31pm

Where does Taj sit amongst the greats of Australian surfing? Probably had the best video sections out of any of the modern Australia surf icons.

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Mort commented Saturday, 23 Jun 2018 at 11:37pm

Taj sits where he want to I imagine.

Taj, Tim Winton, Zues, Apollo, That fella, Gandhi, any one of the surviving Beatles, what a dinner.

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goofyfoot commented Sunday, 24 Jun 2018 at 1:24pm

Top 5 for sure

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Wharfjunkie commented Sunday, 24 Jun 2018 at 7:27am

Mort around 11pm how many jd's in by then?

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Mort commented Friday, 29 Jun 2018 at 9:46pm

You talkin to me?

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Mort commented Friday, 29 Jun 2018 at 9:52pm

Not to sure. Nearly run out of wine.

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goofyfoot commented Sunday, 24 Jun 2018 at 1:36pm

Not sure what you guys are on about with the step off's???

You see him paddling in at 5:15

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udo commented Saturday, 30 Jun 2018 at 6:13am

barrenjoey insta- wash thru paddle in smoking barrel

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goofyfoot commented Saturday, 30 Jun 2018 at 7:26am

That’s a screamer udo

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udo commented Saturday, 30 Jun 2018 at 7:44am

Nice eh..quick bit of foot shuffling to set the line..

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