Josh Kerr Wins Todos Santos Big Wave Challenge

18 Jan 2016 1 Share

Josh Kerr on one of his 5 Finals waves

Josh Kerr on one of his 5 Finals waves

The day Josh Kerr will never forget.

Event 3 of the World Surf League Big Wave World Tour has wrapped up over a one-day draw in Baja California, Mexico. A deep low-pressure system moved east over the top of Hawaii yesterday after delivering a super swell to Jaws, before pushing a towards the western seaboard of the United States and Mexico. Big wave commissioner Peter Mel gave the event the green light on Friday as athletes made the decision to shoot over to Mexico and put themselves on the line as the Big Wave World Tour builds it's credibility and following. 

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The island of Todos Sandos lit up as the WSL roadshow blazed into town on Saturday with the world's best competitive big wave surfers. The three round format kicked off as the tide dropped on Sunday with wave faces estimated over 40 foot. The final came down to the Long brothers, Rusty and Greg, who also came in 2nd at the last December as well as Carlos Brule, Damien Hobgood, Nic Lamb and WCT surfer Josh Kerr. 

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. Kerr took the final over Greg Long with 5 waves total and a combined total score of 24.27. (The total is made up of the two highest scores, then the highest score is doubled.) 

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. I haven't won anything for 5 years so this is a big one to take home and put on the mantle piece." 

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 said. 

Will this momentum follow Kerr into the start of the Championship Tour this year?  

Josh Kerr takes down the finals

Josh Kerr takes down the finals

Josh Kerr with Peter Mel and Dave Kalama

Josh Kerr with Peter Mel and Dave Kalama

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