Six champions crowned at the 2015 Taj's Small Fries

January 19, 2015 | Surfing
Kael Walsh: impressing Taj with a no-hands air | Photo: Surfing WA/Macfarlane

The 10th anniversary of Taj's Small Fries, held in Yallingup, Western Australia, crowned six champions.

The future stars of Australian surfing showed their skills in the punchy three-foot peaks on offer at Shallows, just north of Taj Burrow's home.

In the Boys 16 & Under division, Kael Walsh used his smooth backhand turns to lock in the highest score of the final, an 8.50, followed by a 7.8-point wave. "I'm so stoked right now this is a really big event for me, being 10 years and all," expressed Walsh, who also won the outstanding performance award by Taj Burrow.

Mia McCarthy added the first Taj's Small Fries winners trophy to her mantle, defeating Cassia Heagele, Marnie Durant and April McPherson in the 16 & Under Girls final.

"I came second last year, so I've been looking forward to this event all summer. I just want to thank Taj and everyone that makes this event so good. I'm so happy," added McCarthy.

At the awards ceremony, Taj Burrow was clearly proud of his young guns. "It's incredible to see the event has risen to be one of the most iconic and prestigious on offer in the country," stated the pro surfer.

"I grew up surfing this amazing stretch of coast and it's so rewarding to see the groms come back year after year. This has been another epic event."

Zahli Kelly proved she'll be a force to be reckoned with in the future taking out both the 14 & Under and 12 & Under girls division.

"I came here for the National Titles last year and I've been wanting to come back ever since. It's been an awesome event, and I'll be coming back for sure," concluded Kelly.

Caleb Tancred (14 & Under Boys) and Lennox Chell (12 & Under Boys) were also crowned winners of the 2015 Taj's Small Fries. uses cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. Learn more on our About section.