Taj Burrow (AUS) and Joel Parkinson (AUS) ready to battle for the Burton Toyota Pro - Mark Richards trophy. © ASP/Robertson
NEWCASTLE, NSW/Australia (Monday, March 12, 2012) – Surfest’s headlining events the ASP 6-Star Burton Toyota Pro and the ASP 6-Star Hunter Ports Women’s Classic launched in style today at Merewether beach, Newcastle. A press conference featuring a crop of the world’s best surfers kicked off proceedings as the opening Rounds of the men’s and women’s competition got underway in wedgy three foot (1.5 meter) peaks. Taj Burrow (AUS), current No. 1 on the ASP World Championship Tour, after taking out the opening event on the Gold Coast this month, is thrilled to be back in Newcastle to compete for the Mark Richard trophy.