Josh Kerr flys into 1/4's
LONG BEACH, LONG ISLAND / New York (Thursday, September 8, 2011) – The world’s best surfers tore through a marathon day of competition with some incredible performances at the Quiksilver Pro New York to decide the event’s Quarterfinalists in pumping three-to-five foot (1.5 metre) surf compliments of Hurricane Katia.
Stop No. 6 of 11 on the ASP World Title Series, today’s Quiksilver Pro New York competition saw non-stop action, as the ASP Top 34 put it all on the line in Long Beach while chasing the ASP World Title, the historic US$1,000,000 prize purse and crucial points to secure their position amongst the elite prior to the midyear rotation following the event.
Josh Kerr (AUS), 27, clawed his way back in to his Round 4 heat after Kelly Slater (USA), 39, took a commanding lead with a 9.37 for a big frontside alley-oop. The progressive Australian answered with two airs of his own, first launching a massive backside varial to the tune of 9.57 and immediately caught another wave, this time lofting a gigantic alley-oop for a 9.70 to overtake the reigning 10-time ASP World Champion and advance directly through to the Quarterfinals.
“I can’t believe it just happened like that,” Kerr said. “I didn’t expect to make that varial and when I did I thought, ‘it’s time to go now.’ Then I got one straight after it. I couldn’t have planned it any better. The fans are really cool and it’s great to be in New York with everyone screaming, it’s great. I definitely gained confidence from that heat. I’ve never beaten Kelly (Slater) and I’m just so stoked right now.”