J-Bay Power Rankings by Lewis Samuels

Some people love him, some people want to beat him with a spade, but either way there’s no denying the man knows his stuff. Postsurf’s Lewis Samuels posted his final J-Bay power rankings this week. For a taster of his unapologetic style, take a look at what he had to say about Josh Kerr, which is the most diluted review I can find. Get over to POSTURF to find out what he has to say about the Euro boys, and remember, you can leave comments!

Josh Kerr

Josh Kerr has been pigeon-holed by the judges. Realistically, they know what to expect from Kerr and he suffers from it on both fronts. They expect big airs, so when Kerr impressively sticks one, the judges usually underscore it, knowing how easy it was for him. Josh will get a 6 for a big boost, as landing it merely confirms suspicions. But if Taylor Knox were to do the same air, he’d get an excellent score based on the aforementioned military tactics of surprise and high ground. Making matters worse, Kerr’s bread-and-butter turns are probably a bit underscored by the judges, as they have Kerr pegged as a surfer who’s weak on the rail. If Kerr isn’t backwards or airborne at some point on a wave, the panel is over it. Kerr’s recent losses exemplify my theories: in Brazil, he stuck one healthy punt but didn’t build a tract house for it to live in, and lost to the Ginga Ninja. At J-Bay, Josh stayed put on the speedy walls, making it look like he was always one pump away from launching a massive rotation. But launch he did not – so he lost. Catch-22. What sober write-up. I need a fresh drink.


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