A special aerial display is on order this fall during the Quiksilver Pro France Championship Tour (CT) stop, as WSL announces the Air Invitational with Josh Kerr as the event director. Celebrating innovation, technicality and creativity, the event will honor the skate-influenced style that changed surfing forever.
The Air Invitational will be a combination of the top 18 aerial free surfers, CT surfers and social fan voted surfers. The line-up already includes top air experts from the likes of 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."
"My early career and surf inspirations were all about these air events, and the guys pushing the progression of surfing," said Kerr, former Surfing Airshow Series (SAS) Champion, long-time CT competitor and BWT event winner. "Now to be a part of bringing the air events back at the highest level of our sport, it's very special to me. I'm a huge fan of the talent right now, so I can't wait to see the guys send it in France!"
Surf Ranch Pro Air Exhibition Pros Announced
Fans will see an early preview during the Surf Ranch Pro at WSL Surf Ranch on September 6 in Lemoore, Calif. A sunset Air Exhibition is scheduled for after Saturday's CT competition, with air extraordinaires Chippa Wilson and Albee Layer headlining. The duo will be joined by two CT surfers yet to be announced in this celebration of creativity and innovation.
"I'm super hyped to be involved in the Air Invitational and Surf Ranch Pro. When I was a grom it was my goal to be able to surf in the air shows," said Wilson. "They never seemed like a competition; it was loose, and all the lads looked like they were having a blast. I can't wait for the boys to mix it up with the best air guys on the Championship Tour!"