Taj Burrow: chasing crystal-clear barrels in the Mentawai Islands

Despite having left the Dream Tour, Taj Burrow continues to step on the gas pedal.

The Australian who never won but should've won the world surfing title is now traveling the world in search of idyllic swells and transparent barrels.

The talented regular-footed surfer from Busselton, in Western Australia, turned 40 and released a new video edit that proves that he is deeply missed on the Championship Tour.

Globe's "Cult of Freedom" series captured Burrow inside the transparent caverns of the Mentawai Islands, off the coast of Sumatra, in Indonesia.

Fueled by the Smashing Pumpkins' power riffs, the clip reminds of how well-rounded Taj Burrow is with a surfboard under his feet.

The Western Australian makes big and hollow waves seem easy to ride. His solo strike mission to Macaronis couldn't be more perfect.

The "Cult of Freedom: The Taj Part" was shot by Dave Fox, and directed by Joe G.

Professional surfing is a highly competitive occupation. World title races are increasingly tight. And sometimes it all comes down to the wire.

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