‘Stu Crew’ turns out in force to support Kennedy at Quiksilver Pro
LENNOX Head surfer Stuart Kennedy didn't make it to the Quiksilver Pro finals today, but he has secured a prestigious position on the World Surf League ladder.
Kennedy, who eliminated the legendary Kelly Slater and 2014 world champ Gabriel Medina from the event, dashed the hopes of Hawaiian John John Florence from the competition with a stunning display in the last heat of the quarter-finals at Snapper Rocks this morning.
He won the quarter-final heat with a 15.23 two-wave score, against Florence's 14.00.
Members of the "Stu Crew" and many others eager for an Aussie victory after all of the Tweed surfers were defeated, cheered him on as one final wave took his dashing turns all the way to Greenmount headland.
The Lennox Head resident, who scored entry into the Quiksilver Pro as an injury replacement for Bede Durbidge, was finally defeated by Kolohe Andino (USA) in the semi-finals.
With plenty of injuries across the World Surf League ladder, he expects to have a good run of events this year and was equal third on the WSL leaderboard with Filipe Toledo from Brazil after today's finals.
Mike Pinneo from Firewire Surfboards was there as part of the "Stu Crew" to support Kennedy.
He was thrilled to see him stick it out so far into the Quiksilver Pro.
"This is just amazing to see him basically live out his dream," he said.
"He's such an amazing surfer and finally everyone gets to see how good he is."
He said the Northern Rivers and local surfing community had come out in force to support Kennedy today.
"He's given it everything he's got and it's so good to see the crowd just fully supporting him," he said.
"He's the underdog, he's the grinder, he's the one everyone wants to see keep going and kill it."