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Josh Kerr drops into a Todos Santos monster. Picture: WSL

 

Australian Josh Kerr, 31, who started his pro-surfing career in the late 1990s as a small-wave aerial specialist, today added big-wave champion to his resume.

 

Kerr won the inaugural Todos Santos Challenge today, beating a field of 24 of the world’s top big wave surfers in mammoth 30-to-40-foot surf off the coast of Mexico.

Todos Santos is the third World Surf League Big Wave Tour event to run in the 2015/2016 season. A solid swell tracking from north of the Hawaiian Islands delivered surf in the 30-to-40-foot-plus range today, building throughout the morning before climaxing for the six-man final.

“I have so much respect for the guys on this tour and those that regularly commit themselves to surfing big waves,” said Kerr, who finished 11th on last year’s World Championship Tour. “I have had the biggest smile on my face all day just getting to surf big waves with them. I’ve felt great all day and had complete confidence in my board. I’m really thankful for the opportunity to surf here today.”

Kerr’s positive disposition in the face of today’s dangerous conditions was notable through his three heats as he consistently positioned himself critically in both the line-up and on the waves en route to his impressive win.

“The goal was to have fun,” he said. “To walk away with a win — I feel like one of those dogs with his head out the car window, I was smiling the whole time I was paddling around in the final.”

Kerr’s fellow finalists were some of the best Todos Santos specialists: Rusty Long, Nic Lamb, Damien Hobgood and Greg Long (all USA), and Brazilian Carlos Burle.

Long, a former Big Wave Tour Champion, was particularly impressive at Todos Santos today, putting his decades of experience at the venue to use and consistently netting high scores en route to his runner-up finish.

Josh Kerr drops into a Todos Santos monster. Picture: WSL

 

Australian Josh Kerr, 31, who started his pro-surfing career in the late 1990s as a small-wave aerial specialist, today added big-wave champion to his resume.

 

Kerr won the inaugural Todos Santos Challenge today, beating a field of 24 of the world’s top big wave surfers in mammoth 30-to-40-foot surf off the coast of Mexico.

Todos Santos is the third World Surf League Big Wave Tour event to run in the 2015/2016 season. A solid swell tracking from north of the Hawaiian Islands delivered surf in the 30-to-40-foot-plus range today, building throughout the morning before climaxing for the six-man final.

“I have so much respect for the guys on this tour and those that regularly commit themselves to surfing big waves,” said Kerr, who finished 11th on last year’s World Championship Tour. “I have had the biggest smile on my face all day just getting to surf big waves with them. I’ve felt great all day and had complete confidence in my board. I’m really thankful for the opportunity to surf here today.”

Kerr’s positive disposition in the face of today’s dangerous conditions was notable through his three heats as he consistently positioned himself critically in both the line-up and on the waves en route to his impressive win.

“The goal was to have fun,” he said. “To walk away with a win — I feel like one of those dogs with his head out the car window, I was smiling the whole time I was paddling around in the final.”

Kerr’s fellow finalists were some of the best Todos Santos specialists: Rusty Long, Nic Lamb, Damien Hobgood and Greg Long (all USA), and Brazilian Carlos Burle.

Long, a former Big Wave Tour Champion, was particularly impressive at Todos Santos today, putting his decades of experience at the venue to use and consistently netting high scores en route to his runner-up finish.

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