The Surfersvillage Interview
Meet possibly the world's best GoPro pro
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 26 December, 2015 - It used to be that all that was required of pros to capture that GoPro tube shot was to mount the camera on the front of their boards. Unfortunately those shots made the tube secondary while the rider’s face became the primary focus. Boring and not so interesting for viewers (as we all want to vicariously get barreled.) The next step was helmet cams which, unfortunately, made the helmet the focal point of the shot. Onto more trials.
Now we’ve entered the age of mouth-mounts and GoPro-handoffs in the barrel. We are getting stimulating, captivating, amazing imagery and the viewer gets to experience the barrel without having the rider in the way.
This seamless tube documentation is a difficult skill to master, and few in the world are as good as Anthony Walsh. These camera antics are so difficult in fact that Walsh has to practice his handoffs and camera work on dry land - not to mention the piles of GoPros he leaves on seafloors across the globe. Walshy’s prowess and mad skills has led to YouTube success and a self-titled online series. He is the new generation of GoPro pro.
How would you describe what you do for work to a small, inattentive child?
I have fun in the ocean.
You have some amazing GoPro footage out there. How is it juggling a camera in the barrel. I mean, how many did you lose before you got it dialed in?
I still lose them to date, mainly when its bigger. I actually practice on land what I want to achieve in the water and then its lots and lots of practice in the water to get it right!
What’s the premise behind your “Where’s Walshy” series?
Just to show more in depth what I do, how I prepare, what I use, and how I do it! Epic TV really liked the idea and I hope it’s a great year creating content for that!
What is that you do professionally that you are most proud of?
Take people to a place where they may never go and make it look easy, even though its not.
Tell us what has been your biggest mistake?
Not making GoPro cameras myself hahahaha
What did you learn from that mistake?
Design things that people will enjoy and that I will enjoy using and selling it!
Share with us your biggest Rocky Balboa moment (punching frozen meat and then running up the stairs of the Capital, music blaring).
Getting the nerve to ask my future wife on a date for the first time hahha
If you weren’t doing this, what would you be doing? Selling shoes?
I definitely would not be selling shoes. I think it would be working even more closely with GoPro or Body Glove - both amazing companies and amazing people who run them.
OK, you get to drop into any five moments in history – surf or otherwise. Please name them and why.
My son being born - no explaining needed.
Hearing my Girlfriend at the time Crystal say ‘yes’ to my proposal.
On the GoPro Hero3 shoot finally getting the footage I always wanted with camera in and out of the lip at Teahupo’o.
Last year at Desert Point, five barrels on one waves with perfect GoPro filming and changing hands - been trying for a long time on that one.
Getting perfect 8-10 foot Teahupo’o for the trials a couple years ago just Manoa and I out. Best waves I have ever seen and the whole world got to watch, and then making it into the main event.