Josh Kerr (AUS) has taken out the 2018 Four Seasons Maldives Surfing Champions Trophy in a thrilling Final Day of action in pumping surf at Sultans. Kerr won two of the three divisions to set up a Grand Finale matchup with Alejo Muniz (BRA).
Day 3 of competition saw the best conditions of the event so far, with perfect clean 4 to 6 foot waves at Sultans, giving surfers opportunities for airs, turns and long draining barrels. It was fitting that the Final was the heat of the event with both Kerr and Muniz trading off perfect waves, both finding epic barrels on the inside section.
"This was such an incredible event to be a part of. The waves just got better every day up until now where they are totally pumping I never thought Id get so barrelled here in the Maldives." Said Kerr.
"I got to surf a heat with every competitor these last few days, which was really cool. Everyone was in great spirits and brought something different to the event. It was so cool to surf with Alejo today, the surfing he was doing was amazing. The concept of this event is really cool, I like surfing different boards these days so I guess this is the perfect event for me Im stoked to be coming back next year but probably not as much as my family, they love it here."
Kerr got off to a blistering start in the Final, posting two excellent scores early to put Muniz in a combination situation (needing two scores). Muniz did his best to come back posting some massive rides himself, but the door was firmly closed in the last minute when Kerr scored a perfect 10 point ride to guarantee the win. For his efforts, Kerr will be asked to return to the event and defend his title in 2019.
Unique in many ways, the Surfing Champions Trophy determines a surfer's heat time based on their age, and tests skill across three different divisions: single-fin, twin-fin, and triple-fin thruster. Places are granted to surfings elite by invitation-only, who then battle it out for both surfing inner-circle kudos and USD 25,000 prize winnings.
As ever, the event will be on board Four Seasons Explorer the Maldives ultimate surf vessel. Fans can get up close to the action with onboard VIP passes, while the surf tour experience continues with shoulder-rubbing events back at Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Kuda Huraa, which plays host to the contests competitors, judges and Tropicsurf partners.
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