Crisanto Tops Kerr to Win In El Salvador

Crisanto, who was a standout throughout the entirety of the competition, returned to form on the final day of competition, dismantling the flawless walls of Punta Roca with incredible poise and variety on his forehand.

Crisanto would maintain his rhythm on the Final day, besting ASP WCT veteran Fred Patacchia (HAW) in the Semifinals and would go on to command the wave-starved Final against Kerr, earning an 8.60 and 7.83 for the win.

"This is my first ASP 6-Star event win," Crisanto said. "I've been training really hard and before this event I went to Mexico and trained on the right points there. I'm so stoked to get my first win. I'm shaking right now, I can't believe I won!"

The Reef Pro El Salvador represents a breakthrough result for the ASP World Junior Tour Standout and Crisanto hopes to carry the confidence earned in El Salvador towards his future ASP World Championship Tour (WCT) qualification campaign.

"I'm so proud to have won the way that I did because I had to beat guys that were on the WCT," Crisanto said. "I just focused on my surfing and my confidence now is 100 percent. I'm going to keep training and hope to get a good result in the U.S. Open."

Josh Kerr was one to watch in each round, commanding several heats on his way to the Final. Kerr would top ASP World Junior Champion Caio Ibelli (BRA) and Wade Carmichael (AUS) on his way to the Final, but was unable to surpass Crisanto's rampage finishing runner-up.

"It's a long way to the final and it's tough to lose, but it was definitely a good event," Kerr said. "It's such a sick wave and it's too bad the waves didn't show up for the final. It slowed down so much and it was kind of pumping just before the final. It was a sick event. It's my first time to El Salvador and the place is amazing."