The coveted third wildcard into the Billabong Pro J-Bay will be allocated to the winner of the VonZipper Superheat, a four-man encounter at Supertubes to be run just prior to the first heat of the main event.
Two South Africans, Ryan Payne and Dale Staples, will take on emerging international stars and Billabong team riders Heath Joske (AUS) and Keanu Asing (HAW). Payne, 27, earned his right to a slot in the VonZipper Superheat and a crack at the prized wildcard, by winning the locals-only Xcel Pro Showdown at Supertubes last May.
Staples, 19, is one of the leaders of the pack of red-hot South African Pro Junior surfers currently making their mark on local and international surfing. With a repertoire of powerful turns and superior tube-riding skills, Staplesu2;019 surfing is tailor-made for Supers and he explains how amped he is to be in the event.
The VZ Trials is a winner-take-all showdown and the victor will face one of the top three seeds in the 2010 Billabong Pro J-Bay!