Josh Kerr blasts the 2011 Boost Mobile SurfSho

March 14, 2011 | Surfing
Josh Kerr: aerial master

Josh Kerr has conquered the Boost Mobile SurfSho, at Bondi Beach, Australia. The Australian surfer proved why he is one of the best aerial surfers in the world by taking the richest prize purse aerial surfing event.

Kerr takes home $25,000 after beating the cream of international surfing. Jordy Smith, Taj Burrow and Owen Wright simply couldn't reach Coolangatta's hero.

The 26-year old surfer from the Gold Coast was stoked. "I've had an awesome time down at Bondi these past few days. My film premiere last night and now this title along with $25k, it's as good as a weekend gets. Great location, great crowd, great day!"

On the competition he added: "I thought Jack Freestone had the title there for a while but I lucked out with that winning wave and in tough conditions did just enough to take the title. These young kids are coming up through the ranks and all gunning for you so it challenges me to keep things fresh and come up with new tricks. The win helps keep my name out there and is a real confidence boost for the rest of the year."

Kerr surfed strongly in the final, with three strong waves. He won the event with a forehand mute grab air reverse that scored him a 9.0 (out of a possible 10) from the judges who said it was beautifully executed with great rotation. His closest competitor was Junior World Champion Jack Freestone who scored an 8.0 for the same maneuver, followed by Julian Wilson with a score of 7.23.

Bondi Beach provided a stunning backdrop for the event today, with bright blue skies and crystal clear water. The surf offered clean conditions with 2-3 foot waves. More than 30,000 spectators lined the beach to watch the final and soak up the festival atmosphere.

In contrast to a traditional surfing competition, the day’s format followed a unique format in which a wheel was spun at the start of each heat, dictating which aerial tricks the surfers had to perform. Surfers received points out of ten for their best trick in each heat and the top six ranked surfers went into the final.

2011 Boost Mobile SurfSho | Results

1st Josh Kerr
2nd Jack Freestone
3rd Julian Wilson
4th Chippa Wilson
Jordy Smith and Owen Wright equal 5th