Peter Kerr wins.
Peter Kerr wins. Warren Lynam

Surf skill aids Kerr in victory

GEELONG competitor Peter Kerr had to call on all his life saving skills to win the men's ITU Mooloolaba Oceania Cup yesterday.

Kerr was part of the five-strong lead pack throughout the race after getting away to a good start in the swim leg.

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"It's really worked in my favour today," Kerr said.

"I come from a surf life saving background so the beach swim start here today was a dream.

"Unfortunately at the end, a group of guys caught the wave back in so it just meant we had to work hard on the cycle leg straight away."

Kerr finished third in the 2011 Mooloolaba ITU World Cup and was ecstatic to claim yesterday's title, finishing eight seconds ahead of Matt Brown, with Jesse Featonby claiming third.

Rising star Sarah Deuble took out the women's race ahead of fellow Aussies Tamsyn Moana-Veale and Chloe Turner.

"I am really happy with my win today," 19-year-old Deuble said.

"I did Devonport (OTU Triathlon Oceania Championships) a few weeks ago so this is only my second big race and it's great to come away with a win.

"There was a good tailwind going out on the bike, so that was not too bad, but coming back was pretty hard.

"There was a bit of water on the course and I think a few girls came off their bikes."