An Australian surfer and an Hawaiian surfer will be joining Dale Staples and Ryan Payne in the 2010 VonZipper Superheat at the Billabong Pro. The VonZipper Superheat, a trimmed-down version of the former VonZipper Trials, will be the first heat of the Billabong Pro 2010, set to run during four days over the waiting period 15 – 25 July.
Australian Heath Joske will be representing from the land down under, and has a long list of credentials that make him worthy of his slot in the Superheat. The powerful naturalfooter from Coffs Harbour likes to surf on a rail and his style will be perfectly suited to the long walls of Supertubes. With good results behind him, Joske is currently on a trajectory that will see him earn a spot on the World Tour some time in the future.
Hailing from Hawaii, Keanu Asing finished the 2009 season as the highest rated Hawaiian on the ASP North America Pro Junior Series, and is the second international surfer selected for the Von Zipper Superheat. At seventeen years of age, Keanu has a mature style punctuated by a vast array of futuristic new school moves, and could blow minds at Supertubes.
“We’re stoked with the calibre of surfers in the VonZipper Superheat,” said VonZipper South Africa brand manager Chad D’Arcy. “The international surfers have got all the skills and talent, but the local boys have got good Supers knowledge, so it’s going to be exciting.” Only one surfer from the Superheat will receive a slot into the main event of the Billabong Pro.
At a surf spot like Supertubes, a wildcard surfer can easily get two good waves per heat and eliminate established surfers in the main event. Australian Joel Parkinson has won the event as a wildcard, and South African Sean Holmes has deposed of world champions in previous events as a wildcard.
Local surfer Ryan Payne earned his slot in the VonZipper Superheat by winning the Xcel Pro at Supertubes this year, the second year in a row that he has won it. The consumate local at Supertubes, Ryan could easily cause some major upsets at this year’s event. “I’m ready for the Superheat,” said Payne. “It has been a pretty good season so far and we’re hoping for some cooking waves for the event this year.”