With grommet like froth still running through his veins, Burrow paddled out to share some waves after recently recovering from a serious knee injury in 2018.

“I couldn’t be happier with how things have been going,” he said.

“The past few days have just been perfect for the kids.”

Competing in his first Taj’s Small Fries competition, Jai Glindeman from New South Wales set the pace using his smooth and flowing style to post a healthy two-wave combined total of 15.75 (from a possible 20), which included an 8.50 and 7.25.

“It’s been amazing, staying with Taj, surfing new waves and hanging with all the Billabong crew,” Glindeman said.

“I feel really fortunate to be here and stoked the waves turned on for us today.”

Glindeman was joined in the winner’s circle by Jay Occhilupo (Gold Coast, Qld), Solomon Pogue-Englert (Gracetown, WA), Danny Benedetti (Margaret River, WA) and Jed Gradisen (Gracetown, WA).

Coral Durant (Carnarvon, WA), and Taiana Duncan (Margaret River, WA) were the best of the 16 and under girls on day two, booking their spot into the semi-finals, where they’ll come up against Maddie Cawood (Margaret River, WA) and Willow Hardy (Margaret River, WA) in Sunday’s semi finals.

Taiana Duncan (Margaret River, WA) was one of the best 16 and under girls on day two, booking her spot into the semi-finals.

Taiana Duncan (Margaret River, WA) was one of the best 16 and under girls on day two, booking her spot into the semi-finals.Credit:Surfing WA / Woolacott

The 14 and under boys semi finalists were also decided as conditions became tough when the afternoon sea breeze intensified.

Lennix Smith (Shoal Harbour, NSW) is another competing for the first time at Taj’s Small Fries and has been loving both the waves and Yallingup as an event location.

Smith scored an 8.75 and a 7.25 to finish on a combined total of 16.00 (from a possible 20).

“WA is pretty sick, this is my first time here, but the waves have been awesome and everyone is very friendly and welcoming,” he said.

“I’m stoked to be through to the semi’s of my first Small Fries.”

Smith will be joined by Jack Mickle (Trigg, WA), Macklin Flynn (Cowaramup, WA), Jake Hagan (Geraldton, WA), Otis North (Yallingup, WA) and Brock Launders (Margaret River, WA) in the 14 and under boys semi finals.

Another kick in the swell is forecast for the third and final day of the competition, with the event likely to go mobile to crown its champions in the best possible waves Yallingup can provide.

Live heat scores and results will be streamed from Taj’s Small Fries via surfingwalive.com.au.

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