LONG BEACH, Long Island, NY (Sept. 6, 2011) - The opening day of the $1million Quiksilver Pro New York supported by vitaminwater saw the world's best surfers dig into building two-to-four foot (1 metre) waves at Long Beach, Long Island. Today's swell was served up compliments of Hurricane Katia and will continue to build through the week. The first round of competition was completed with Round 2 expected to hit the water at 7am tomorrow for a full day of surfing.

Stop No. 6 of 11 on the ASP World Title Series, the Quiksilver Pro New York is a historic event that not only represents the first ever elite contest on America's East Coast, but also boasts the richest prize-purse in surfing history.

Josh Kerr (AUS), 27, reveled in the New York ramps and garnered both of the round's highest single-wave scores of 9.50 and 9.07 (both out of 10) for monster no-grab air-reverses, scalping a commanding victory over Adriano de Souza (BRA), 24, and Kai Otton (AUS), 32.

"It was like an expression session out there," Kerr said. "I started getting scores and was enjoying myself out there with those little rip bowl rights. We all had 15 waves and I think we all had fun out there. I went for a free surf and the wind came up and I knew I was going to hunt the rights. It was perfect and I found a couple of those ramps so I'm stoked." Kerr advances directly into Round 3 of competition.

QUIKSILVER PRO NEW YORK ROUND 1 RESULTS:

Heat 1: Joel Parkinson (AUS) 13.56, Brett Simpson (USA) 13.50, Travis Logie (ZAF) 6.57

Heat 2: Jeremy Flores (FRA) 9.67, Gabe Kling (USA) 3.43, Dane Reynolds (USA) N/S

Heat 3: Taj Burrow (AUS) 13.93, Patrick Gudauskas (USA) 12.84, Fredrick Patacchia (HAW) 11.46

Heat 4: Jadson Andre (BRA) 11.77, Owen Wright (AUS) 10.00, Bobby Martinez (USA) 7.10

Heat 5: Heitor Alves (BRA) 13.83, Mick Fanning (AUS) 12.73, Asher Nolan (USA) 8.60

Heat 6: Kelly Slater (USA) 14.20, Daniel Ross (AUS) 11.66, Balaram Stack (USA) 6.07

Heat 7: Alejo Muniz (BRA) 14.40, Adrian Buchan (AUS) 14.27, Cory Lopez (USA) 12.97

Heat 8: C.J. Hobgood (USA) 15.97, Bede Durbidge (AUS) 15.77, Chris Davidson (AUS) 12.00

Heat 9: Raoni Monteiro (BRA) 10.80, Adam Melling (AUS) 10.50, Michel Bourez (PYF) 7.66

Heat 10: Tiago Pires (PRT) 12.76, Damien Hobgood (USA) 12.73, Matt Wilkinson (AUS) 11.65

Heat 11: Josh Kerr (AUS) 18.57, Adriano de Souza (BRA) 15.37, Kai Otton (AUS) 11.54

Heat 12: Julian Wilson (AUS) 17.00, Taylor Knox (USA) 12.60, Kieren Perrow (AUS) 10.60

QUIKSILVER PRO NEW YORK ROUND 2 MATCH-UPS:

Heat 1: Mick Fanning (AUS) vs. Balaram Stack (USA)

Heat 2: Owen Wright (AUS) vs. Asher Nolan (USA)

Heat 3: Adrian Buchan (AUS) vs. Keanu Asing (HAW)

Heat 4: Bede Durbidge (AUS) vs. Bobby Martinez (USA)

Heat 5: Michel Bourez (PYF) vs. Fredrick Patacchia (HAW)

Heat 6: Damien Hobgood (USA) vs. Gabe Kling (USA)

Heat 7: Adriano de Souza (BRA) vs. Travis Logie (ZAF)

Heat 8: Kieren Perrow (AUS) vs. Cory Lopez (USA)

Heat 9: Matt Wilkinson (AUS) vs. Adam Melling (AUS)

Heat 10: Chris Davidson (AUS) vs. Kai Otton (AUS)

Heat 11: Brett Simpson (USA) vs. Taylor Knox (USA)

Heat 12: Patrick Gudauskas (USA) vs. Daniel Ross (AUS)

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