Irvine, Calif. (December 13, 2010) — Rusty North America congratulates team rider Josh Kerr on his recent successful run at the O’Neill World Cup at the North Shore, Oahu, which helped earn him a spot on next year’s ASP World Tour. Kerr defeated some of the ASP Tour’s top riders en route to the finals, where he scored an impressive score of 11.66 and put the surfing world on notice.
Following his October win at the O’Neill Cold Water Classic in Tofino, British Columbia, Kerr headed the North Shore as the world’s 32nd ranked surfer, on the cusp of clinching a spot for next year’s WCT. However, he would have to face a collection of former and current tour champions in the World Cup draw.
The 26-year-old natural footer from Tweed Heads, NSW made his way into the finals by edging out world number seven-ranked Adrian Buchan, 13.07 to 13.00, joining Julian Wilson into the final against local Hawaiian Granger Larsen and Raoni Monteiro of Brazil. Kerr held strong in the finals, but couldn’t overcome an impressive 14.37 from Montiero, who took the title.
To cap off an incredible year on the World Qualifying Series (WQS), in which he won the Margaret River Drug Aware Pro and the O’Neill Cold Water Classic in Tofino, Canada, it was officially announced that Josh Kerr has qualified for the World Tour commonly known as the “Dream Tour.” Josh’s first event will be in his backyard of Snapper Rocks next February.
Kerr had the biggest year of his life with two QS wins, one QS final (Hawaii/ Sunset), Innersection DVD qualification, Kustom Airstrike contender, Waves & Stab magazine cover shots and is about to release his profile DVD. “It’s an awesome feeling to perform so well at the North Shore in front of the world surfing community,” said Kerr. “I’m thrilled to qualify for the WCT – this is a really positive way to end the year and a great test against the same competition I’d be facing on the WCT starting in March.”
At the O’Neill World Cup, Kerr bested a trio of WCT surfers during the quarterfinals, posting a 16.87 over Buchan, Luke Munro and Tanner Gudauskas. In the third round, Kerr defeated another pair of WCT standouts, this time scoring a 12.33, which was enough to overtake Tiago Pires and Kai Otton.
For more information on Kerr and other Rusty team riders, visit www.rusty.com For highlights from the O’Neill World Cup.
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