With a runner-up finish at the final event of the year just two weeks ago at perfect Pipeline, Josh Kerr cemented a year-end ranking of eighth in the world. Cracking the top 10 for the second year in a row is a well-deserved honor for one of the most well-rounded surfers on the planet.
Word Tour success didn’t always come easy for the 28-year-old Kerr. Josh qualified for the tour in 2007 and came out of the gates with his air game on full display–but it was a couple of years before the judges were ready to score it properly. He dropped off the tour with a snarl, only to return in 2011 with more drive and maturity, becoming a legitimate world title contender in the process.
Josh’s best results of this season were at the most opposite of waves. Third at Snapper Rocks and Rio de Janeiro, two of the small-wave performance venues on tour, followed by a second at Pipeline in absolutely lethal conditions. The following two videos clips show Josh’s dominance in this range of conditions. The first, “Weekend,” by cinematographer Matt Kleiner, takes us to the California coast, where Josh tears into some recent beachbreak ramps. The second clip is by Rusty, and it follows Josh’s run through this year’s Pipeline Masters event.