Maui native Ian Walsh is a dedicated big-wave surfer who has been tackling massive waves around the world since he was a teenager. From about the time he could walk, Walsh was in the ocean. "From a very early age being in Maui, there are so many big swells and big days that kind of naturally made me part of the environment," he told Red Bull.
While recovering from an injury after high school, Ian studied meteorology for a few months, learning the science behind the ocean's waves to help make him better informed when it came to studying the weather, and predicting where and when the ideal waves would strike.
The studying paid off: At age 19, he was runner up at the Billabong XXL Awards after riding a 68 foot beast at Jaws, and numerous other nominations followed. His job now is as a freesurfer to find the most epic waves and capture his exploits in film and photos.
In 2003, he launched the Ian Walsh Menehune Mayhem Surf Event, a youth surf contest that honors the up-and-coming surf talent in Maui, as well as their academic achievements. "Menehune Mayhem is probably my biggest accomplishment." - Red Bull
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