Taj Burrow Upset With ‘Rebel’ Tour Organizers

Apparently Taj is no rebel. He’s sticking with the ASP World Tour and is getting quite upset that he’s been named as being involved with the ‘rebel’ tour—which is rightfully so since he’s got nothing to do with it. The drama continues as no further news continues on the new tour. And it’s obvious that everyone’s getting a little fed up with the secrecy and lagging on with this new tour…

As reported by Steve Gee for The Daily Telegraph.

Newly crowned Pipe Master Taj Burrow and three-time World Champion Andy Irons are threatening to sue the architects of a hyped rebel surfing tour after being falsely linked to the new concept.

Burrow and Irons are among a host of leading surfers, including South African Jordy Smith and US star Dane Reynolds, furious at being repeatedly named as drawcards for the secret tour, which nine-time world champion Kelly Slater is behind.

The threat comes as the Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) this week unveiled its revamp of the world tour for 2011 with surfers to defend points on a rolling rankings format similar to tennis. The new system means surfers will have to fight for their place on tour throughout the year.

The ASP is also set to begin negotiations with Fox Sports for live coverage, via Fuel TV, of all WCT events next year. ASP men’s world tour manager Renato Hickel yesterday dismissed rumours linking the world’s best surfers to the rebel tour.

Hickel told The Daily Telegraph Burrow, Irons, Smith and Reynolds were angry at being linked to the tour, which is being organised by Slater’s manager Terry Hardy and former US boxing promoter Matt Tinley. “A few of the managers are threatening legal action if it doesn’t stop,” Hickel said. “They are utilizing their names without authorization to promote a tour with no communication whatsoever. I know for a fact Taj was really upset because he was never contacted at all.”

To read the full story, head to The Daily Telegraph.