GIANT FURIOUS KETTLES!
Pro surfer turned prawn fisherman Heath Joske has seen a lot in 2016.
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.