Josh Kerr Seizes O’Neill CWC Canada

Canada, eh? Yes, Canada. Tofino, Vancouver Island to be specific. Booties, gloves, and a hood (on the colder days) were all required. Valuable ASP points were up for grabs, as well as the points for this year’s Cold Water Classic Series—the winner of which after the upcoming final Santa Cruz stop takes $50Gs. After his third place finish yesterday, Shaun Cansdell finds himself in the lead for the CWC rankings.

But it was two guys who are potentially making runs for qualifying for the World Tour this year, Josh Kerr and Eric Geiselman, who battled it out in the final. Kerr’s already won a 6-Star this year (Margaret River Pro) and Geiselman has been looking for a big-time result since winning the ASP Pro Junior North America series years back. Both are at the forefront of modern aerials, but both also have well-rounded games. And both are not from cold water regions, making the final that much more intense. As Kerr put it, “You're blood is pumping a lot harder to keep you warm. It takes it out of you. But we are surfing in Canada—it's a beautiful place. You're in the mountains but by the beach. It's a trip.”

Congrats Kerr and E.G.! Stay tuned for full coverage of the O’Neill Cold Water Classic Santa Cruz stop when things get kicking October 18th.

Not too often you see a guy carried to the podium with gloves and booties on. Josh Kerr. Photo courtesy O'Neill

Not too often you see a guy carried to the podium with gloves and booties on. Josh Kerr. Photo courtesy O'Neill

Despite those booties, and gloves, and 5/3, Kerr was still flying high as usual. Photo courtesy O'Neill

Despite those booties, and gloves, and 4/3, Kerr was still flying high as usual. Photo courtesy O'Neill

It's sort of ironic that Eric Geiselman loves throwing Kerrupt flips. Here he is giving a tribute to his fellow finalist. Photo courtesy O'Neill

It's sort of ironic that Eric Geiselman loves throwing Kerrupt flips. Here he is giving a tribute to his fellow finalist. Photo courtesy O'Neill

One of the most unique contest sites in all of surfing, Tofino. Photo courtesy O'Neill

One of the most unique contest sites in all of surfing, Tofino. Photo courtesy O'Neill

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Winning a 6-star will surely help Josh Kerr's world ranking, and possibly help him get back on tour. Photo courtesy O'Neill

Winning a 6-star will surely help Josh Kerr's world ranking, and possibly help him get back on tour. Photo courtesy O'Neill

Congrats Kerrzy! Photo courtesy O'Neill

Congrats Kerrzy! Photo courtesy O'Neill

TOFINO, British Columbia/Canada (Thursday, October 14, 2010) – Josh Kerr (Tweed Heads, AUS), 26, won the Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) 6-Star O'Neill Cold Water Classic Canada over Eric Geiselman (New Smyrna Beach, FL), 22, in peaky two-to-four foot (1 metre) surf at North Chesterman Beach in Tofino, British Columbia.

Surfers competing in the ASP 6-Star O'Neill Cold Water Classic Canada are out to capitalize on the valuable ratings points on offer to help them qualify for the prestigious ASP World Tour.

Kerr quietly navigated through the early rounds of O'Neill Cold Water Classic competition and was extremely patient in his bout against Geiselman and his careful wave-selection in the inconsistent conditions saw the progressive Australian take out his second major ASP victory of the 2010 season.

"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."

Kerr's path to the final was no easy task, as the talented natural-footer topped Australian prodigy Julian Wilson (Coolum, AUS), 22, and defending event champion Peter Devries (Tofino, BC), 27, before defeating Geiselman in the final.

"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."

Geiselman looked unstoppable throughout the final day of competition, blasting the highest heat-total of the day, a 16.34 out of 20 in his Quarterfinals matchup against Mitch Coleborn (Sunny Coast, AUS), 22, before launching the event's highest single wave score, a 9.10 out of 10 for a massive kerrupt flip in his Semifinals bout against Shaun Cansdell (AUS), 27, but was unable to find the scores needed to top Kerr for the win.

"It would have been nice to have won, but I'm stoked to get a result," Geiselman said. "I haven't really had one this year, so to make the Final is great. I've had the best time ever up here in Canada and this is a great way to start the remainder of the year."

Cansdell was another top performer throughout the O'Neill Cold Water Classic's entirety, and his equal 3rd place finish establishes him as the frontrunner for the additional $50,000 for this year's O'Neill Cold Water Classic Series champion.

"I'm really stoked to get a 3rd in this event," Cansdell said. "Obviously I'm a bit disappointed to not have made the final but I'm just so stoked to get a result, especially at the tail end of the year with the Cold Water Series. Hopefully I can get a result in Santa Cruz as well."

Wilson, who was hungry for a win at this year's ASP 6-Star event, was in lethal form throughout the final day's action, but was unable to find a rhythm against eventual event winner, Kerr, and finished equal 3rd overall.

"Obviously I wanted to win this event, but a 3rd is nothing to be disappointed about," Wilson said. "I was focusing too much on trying to do airs out there. I had a wave where I probably could have got the score if I had done turns, but I was looking for an air. Hopefully I can move on from this event and post a good result going into Santa Cruz."

For O’Neill Cold Water Classic highlights log on to oneill.com/cwc/canada.

For additional ASP information log on to aspworldtour.com or aspnorthamerica.org.

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

O'Neill Cold Water Classic Canada Quarterfinals Results:

QF 1: Josh Kerr (AUS) 13.47 def. Richard Christie (NZL) 9.73
QF 2: Julian Wilson (AUS) 11.26 def. Glenn Hall (IRL) 11.17
QF 3: Eric Geiselman (USA) 11.33 def. Tanner Gudauskas (USA) 11.20
QF 4: Shaun Cansdell (AUS) 14.30 def. Nathaniel Curran (USA) 11.57

O'Neill Cold Water Classic Canada Round of 16 Results:

Heat 1: Josh Kerr (AUS) 14.14 def. Peter Devries (CAN) 13.17
Heat 2: Richard Christie (NZL) 8.93 def. Hank Gaskell (HAW) 8.90
Heat 3: Julian Wilson (AUS) 11.33 def. Rudy Palmboom (ZAF) 7.27
Heat 4: Glenn Hall (IRL) 11.00 def. Cory Lopez (USA) 5.33
Heat 5: Tanner Gudauskas (USA) 11.07 def. Sebastian Zietz (HAW) 7.03
Heat 6: Eric Geiselman (USA) 16.34 def. Mitchel Coleborn (AUS) 12.30
Heat 7: Nathaniel Curran (USA) 14.30 def. Cory Arrambide (USA) 11.86
Heat 8: Shaun Cansdell (AUS) 15.37 def. Ben Dunn (AUS) 9.20