Joske riding high
By BRAD GREENSHIELDS
NAMBUCCA Heads surfer Heath Joske is in for a big season on the Australian Pro Junior surf tour if his results on the weekend are anything to go by.
Competing in the Kustom-Jetty Surf Pro Junior at Jan Juc on Victoria's famed surf coast, Joske finished third after being knocked out by South African Brendan Jackson.
Joske had been in superb form all week but found trouble in the semi-final when he couldn't overcome difficulties in wave selection.
Almost all of his waves closed out which basically gave him no scope whatsoever to post some big scores.
Even though Joske will still be eligible to compete in the Pro Junior's next year, he's taken little time to show that he's not going to treat 2007 as merely a learning experience. The strong result from the weekend shows that the 17-year-old is determined to make his stamp immediately on the tour and already the natural footer is looking for an even better performance at Burleigh Heads when the next round gets underway next week.
"This is a good start for me but obviously I'd like to have won," Joske said.
"There's plenty of events and it's a long season and I'll put all my energies into winning the series this season for sure.
"I actually think the next few events in Queensland and then near my home town at Coffs Harbour will suit me better so hopefully I can win and lead the series coming into the Coffs Harbour event."
The Coffs Harbour Pro Junior event will be held next month from the 14th through to the 18th.