Hello my name is Joshua Ian Kerr.
I was born in Tweed Heads Hospital on the 29th of March 1984.
I was born into a large family of 5 older sisters. My father Greg was a surfboard sander at a few of the local surfboard factories and my mother Barbara was a housewife.
I started boogie boarding at the age of 7. My father decided surfing was the better sport for me and as a present gave me my first surfboard at the age of 9. That is when it all began.
At the age of 11 one of the most devastating days of my life happened. When I came home from school and we got the phone call that my father had suffered a heart attack while windsurfing out at Duranbah Beach.
I started to get into competitive surfing soon after that though, through the Snapper Boardriders Club. Boardriders clubs in Australia are the best way to help you make your mark in surfing, it really gave me the bug for the competitiveness of the sport.
At the ages of 14, 15 and 16 I was doing all the local contest and started to get little sponsorships going with some local shapers ect. It was at 16 when I heard of the airshows happening around Australia and I knew I really wanted to be apart of that. I headed down to Torquay to compete in my first airshow and walked away with a 2nd place and that was the start of something big for me. I left all the junior series stuff behind and followed the airshows around the world competing all over and notched up a good amount of victories including 2x world airshow champion 2001 and 2003.
By the age of 20 I felt like I wanted more from surfing and this was when the asp ‘dream tour’ was really coming into its own. I had already met my now wife Nicole at the age of 19 and with her support I knew it was time to slog it out on the WQS. After a first year goal in 2005 to make the top 50 which I attained, then in 2006 I qualified for the world championship tour by finishing 7th on the world qualifying series. In the same year I got married to my wife Nicole and in early 2007 she gave birth to my daughter Sierra to extend to our family with my stepson Colin.
In my rookie year on the ‘dream tour’ I came out of the gates at home at snapper with a 5th place finish after a memorable heat against Mick Fanning. However I continued that year with a string of bad results to finish outside the bubble and was sent back to the WQS in 2008. After a great year of having fun in 08 free surfing and surfing in 10 selected WQS events I found myself re-qualified for the 2009 season.
My future goals are to have as much fun and push my surfing as far as I can for as long as I can but most importantly to be the best husband and father that I can be.