Josh Kerr

The Hurley Pro Trestles re-ignited today with the elimination rounds of competition running in pulsing three-to-four foot (1 metre) surf at Lower Trestles.

Stop No. 6 of 10 on the 2009 ASP World Tour, the Hurley Pro Trestles awoke to cleaner conditions today, but inconsistency would create a minefield of challenges for the world’s best surfers. Despite the difficulties, the ASP Top 45 put on an incredible show, posting some of the highest scores of the event.

Josh Kerr (AUS), 25, current ASP World No. 25, stunned spectators today with his diverse repertoire of progressive surfing, blending rotation aerials with power hacks to net the highest heat total of the day, a 17.17 out of a possible 20, to defeat an in-form Dayyan Neve (AUS), 31, in Round 2 of competition.

“I’d been here the last couple of hours and in the heat before I saw that there were a few nice rights shaping up,” Kerr said. “There seemed to be a few in our heat. Dayyan (Neve) got a couple as well. That one wave wasn’t the biggest wave, but it looked like it was going to connect down the line and that’s exactly what it did. I raced down the line and popped a little air, came around, up and down, and it stayed wally for me and I gave it a little bang off of the end.”

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Patrick Swayze and Keanu Reeves in

Patrick Wayne Swayze, the American actor behind the surfing movie "Point Break" has died today, aged 57, after losing a 20-month battle against a pancreatic cancer.

Swayze, an absolute Hollywood icon, starred as "Bodhi" in "Point Break", alongside with Keanu Reeves and Gary Busey. He played the role of a charismatic leader of a surf gang.

"Point Break" was released on July 12, 1991 in 1,615 theaters and went on to make a worldwide total of $83.5 million. The film became a cult ring between the Hollywood industry and surfing. In 2006, "Point Break" was released on DVD in a special edition.

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Dane Reynolds

Clean three-to-four foot surf groomed by light offshore winds greeted event organizers this morning, prompting the call for the completion of Round 3 of the Hurley Pro Trestles to at 8am.

“We still have some pretty fun surf on offer this morning so we’ll be getting underway at 8am,” Pat O’Connell, Hurley Pro Trestles Contest Director, said. “The idea is to complete Round 3 so we’ll have one full day remaining, and we can cherry pick the last day we want to finish on. We’ll be completing Round 3 before running the expression session today.”

Some of the most highly-anticipated match-ups of the event are on today including current ASP World No. 1 Joel Parkinson (AUS), 28, up against event wildcard Rob Machado (USA), 36, and reigning nine-time ASP World Champion Kelly Slater (USA), 37, battling another wildcard in Brett Simpson (USA), 24.

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