Pro surfer turned prawn fish­er­man Heath Joske has seen a lot in 2016.

Tracks - - BITSA - By Kirk Ow­ers

I first met Heath Joske 12 years ago some 30,000 feet above In­done­sia. We were bound for the myth­i­cal Mentawai Is­lands and shared a keen an­tic­i­pa­tion for the 10-day surf char­ter ahead. Heath was a fresh-faced school kid, full of spark and prom­ise, one of Bil­l­abong’s elite ju­nior team which in­cluded Wade Goodall, Lau­rie Towner and El­lis Eric­son. Al­though among the youngest aboard the Man­galui Ndulu, he ap­peared more ma­ture than his years. The son of a surfer/ shaper he knew about boards and waves and their in­ter­sec­tions. Heath surfed with an eye-pleas­ing style, com­pact power and ad­vanced tube sense. Fire­works were rare. Where oth­ers would blow waves at­tempt­ing the un­likely Heath would joust and gouge and ride out clean. I won­dered which ap­proach would prove more suc­cess­ful in pro surf­ing’s hurl burly.

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