Early last month, Josh Kerr and Albee Layer each shared posts on Instagram revealing Kelly Slater Wave Company’s attempts to dial in an “air section. ” Those efforts, according to this recent release, were in an effort to bring an “aerial exhibition” to the Surf Ranch Pro in September as a precursor to the event in France.
The lineup already includes Chippa Wilson, Filipe Toledo, Mikey Wright, and Albee Layer. “Crowds love the athleticism and creativity of aerial surfing, and so do the surfers,” said Sophie Goldschmidt, WSL CEO. “Many say the future of surfing is in the air, and WSL is thrilled to be working with Josh to return a fan and surfer favorite into the competitive mix.
No word yet what other athletes the League is looking to cajole nor how “social fan votes” will work. “I’m super hyped to be involved in the Air Invitational and Surf Ranch Pro,” said Chippa. “When I was a grom it was my goal to be able to surf in the air shows.
Kerr’s a former Surfing Airshow Series (SAS) champion in his own right. “My early career and surf inspirations were all about these air events, and the guys pushing the progression of surfing,” he said. “Now to be a part of bringing the air events back at the highest level of our sport, it’s very special to me.
In a Thursday press release, the World Surf League announced that in tandem with this year’s Quiksilver Pro France in October, the League will be running an “Air Invitational” event with Josh Kerr as its director.
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