On a winning wave
SURFING world champ Andy Irons look out, Heath Joske is well on the way to achieving his childhood dream of becoming world cham- pion with his win in the State 18 shortboard title. "That's my plan," he said. "I'd like to make it to the WCT and into the Top 44 in the world. Of course World Champ would be ideal.". The Nambucca Heads local beat rival Caleb Reid in the final round with a score of 16.2 out of 20, in his first meeting in a final after six years of competing in the event. "I've come third twice before, and the other three times I was knocked out in the early rounds," he said. Joske now advances to the Australian Titles held in Newbeena, Tasmania from November 26 to December 4. Joske has never been to Tasmania before and will be heading down with the team to compete. His parents will also make the trip to support him.
His sponsors, Billabong, Von Zipper, Kus- tom, Palmers and especially his dad's board business Valla Surfboards will be helping him out during the Australian titles. Caleb Reid finished second and Maddison Williams third in the under 18s with Ellis Er- ricson fourth. Against a trend of NSW dominination throughout the week at the Rip Curl Grom- Search at Jan Juc Beach, the local surfcoast surfers rose to the challenge on finals day to win many of the divisons. The local charge was set when Ocean Grove's Josh Johnson-Baxter faced three NSW surfers in the 16 and under Boy's and won.
Valla Beach surfer, Heath Joske, is now looking forward to the national under-18 titles after taking the State title in Coffs Harbour earlier this month. Photo: LEIGH JENSEN 05092469A