Until 2011, Aussie Josh Kerr had experienced mixed fortunes on the World Tour. After an encouraging start to his debut season in 2007, when he lost out in the quarter finals at Snapper Rocks, he failed to qualify for the following season. He came back in 2009, but after a 32nd-placed finish he again failed to requalify. In 2010, he won two tour events, the ASP PRIME Drug Aware Pro at Margaret River and the 6-Star O’Neill Cold Water Classic in Canada, and this seemed to set him up well for his return to the big time. In 2011, he surged up the World Championship Tour rankings, finishing eighth overall, and he repeated the feat the following year, with impressive results including a second place at the Pipe Masters. Born in Tweed Heads, New South Wales on 29th March 1984, Josh began his surfing career on a bodyboard at the age of seven, graduating to a surfboard at the age of nine. Already famous in his home country for his astonishing aerial ability, he made an impact in the US in the California airshow circuit, and he won the Airshow World Championship in 2001 and 2003. Many observers felt that Josh’s ultra-progressive style, featuring moves like his signature ‘Kerrupt Flip’, would not translate well to the ASP World Tour, but his recent performances have proved the doubters wrong. He has become a rare breed of surfer - a great all-rounder who has stamped his authority across both the World Tour and the free surfing world.
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