Josh continued to strengthen his case for why he should be on next year's ASP World Tour with his victory at the 6 Star O’Neill Cold Water Classic Canada. Surfing against Florida native Eric Geiselman, Kerr made some shrewd decisions in the inconsistent and peaky conditions, selecting only the best waves to secure his second major ASP win of the year.
“It wasn’t the best final, but we’re up here in Canada surfing, so it’s all good,” Kerr said. “I never really felt like I had a cracking heat this whole event, but things just kept going my way. It’s my first time here and it’s a beautiful place so I’m stoked to have won.”
On his way to the top spot on the podium Kerr had to best both Australian prodigy Julian Wilson and defending event champion Peter Devries before competing with Geiselman who rode a hot hand into the final with the highest heat total (16.34 out of 20) and the single wave score of the day (9.1 out of 10 for a massive kerrupt flip).
“It was great surfing against Eric (Geiselman),” Kerr said. “He’s one of the best up-and-coming surfers around and I’ve respected him for years. I have so much respect for Julian (Wilson) and Pete (Devries) too. I’ve seen him in videos and know how good of a surfer he is. For a guy that does about one comp a year he knows how to do them well.”
O’Neill Cold Water Classic Canada Final Result:
1 – Josh Kerr (AUS) 12.10
2 – Eric Geiselman (USA) 10.20
O’Neill Cold Water Classic Canada Semifinals Results:
SF 1: Josh Kerr (AUS) 12.64 def. Julian Wilson (AUS) 11.17
SF 2: Eric Geiselman (USA) 13.42 def. Shaun Cansdell (AUS) 10.96