The final came down to the Long brothers, Rusty and Greg, Carlos Brule, Damien Hobgood, and Nic Lamb.
As the underdog from the start, Kerr was definitely looking to be having the most fun in the line-up, going for every wave and sitting low enough to hold solid control of his board amongst the turbulence. He had a smile on his face after every wave despite the force thrust upon him from each ride.
He said in the water after the final siren "I'm ecstatic, I'd rather win doing this than some airs on 2-foot beachies. My body is absolute toast and I can barely paddle, I'm tripping. It's such an amazing field of surfers and I respect all of them. I drew a lot of inspiration from the guys charging jaws yesterday, those guys are just gnarly.
Kerr continued "I've been so focused on winning a world tour event and I still haven't won a CT yet so it's just so special to win this. I don't even know what this feeling is going through my body right now."
"I was counting my lucky stars I could come town, I was given a one-time leave pass from the US Department of Immigration because I'm going through my Green Card Process right now. I just wanted to make the most of it and have fun."
He also thanked Rusty Priesendorfer for shaping the 10”0 that was under his feet, Josh and Rusty have been working closely over the last few years refining Kerr’s big wave equipment and today all the days in the shaping bat paid off.
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Last week, Rusty Australia’s head shaper Aido Wheeler jetted over to the West Coast for a week of one-on-one shaping lessons with a group of lucky customers from Star Surf + Skate.
Star is one of a dying breed of surf shops in Australia that still maintains a working shaping bay on its premises. For the last three years, Aido and Rusty have taken advantage of Star’s shaping bay and stoked out about 50 customers by giving them their first taste of shaping a personalised magic carpet with their own hands.
SHAPE YOUR OWN SURFBOARD!
Star Surf + Skate's Perth store is again hosting a week of 1-on-1 shaping lessons delivered by Rusty head shaper Aido.
If you've ever thought about having a crack at designing and shaping your own board, this is the best chance you'll ever get!
Coolangata native and coming from a legendary family in the Australian surfing sphere, Noa Deane is like most of his elders. At barely 21 he’s already become one of the best surfers in the world. Yet Noa doesn’t just express himself though an explosive, aerial approach to surfing, he also possesses a deep passion for music and the art of carving on concrete. Desillusion editor in chief Sebastien Zanella spent two days with the young prodigy gaining an introspection into his world, experimenting the scope of musical possibilities, seeking his own limits.
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What isn’t to love about Josh Kerr? Not only is he a webcast drawcard (at any location), but he also wake surfs like a boss. So good is Mr Kerr at surfing a boat wake, that he’s sponsored by a wake boat company (Tige Boats).
Following the Rio Pro, Kerrzy stuck around in Brazil with fellow Rusty teamer Noa Deane, and did time on a friend’s yacht. The benefit of a heavier boat? A much bigger wake. Really, it isn’t too far from a wavepool when done right. “This thing was different to the wake boats I usually surf behind,” says Kerrzy. “It’s a 30-foot, three-bedroom yacht. It’s naturally weighted almost perfect.”
Words by Elliot Struck
In his signature style of communication, Noa Deane describes his first impressions of Brazil after leaving the airport as thus: “You know how when you get off the plane in a new place, you look at how much stuff there is around? In Brazil I started looking at stuff, and I was like, fuck, there’s a fair bit of stuff here.” Laughter follows and if you’re unfamiliar with Noa’s bizarre (and excellent) wit, here’s a translation: Rio, to junior Deane, was an overwhelming assault to the senses on first impression.
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