Ian Walsh: big wave boy

Marco Fernandez, Yadin Nicol, Gabe Kling, Sunny Garcia and Ian Walsh have opened the Reef Hawaiian Pro 2013 in great style, at Haleiwa Beach Park, Hawaii.


With double overhead, clean wave conditions, Fernandez was the top scoring surfer of the opening round - 17.17 points out of 20 (8.77, 8.4).

"I like the bigger waves and I usually surf at Sunset because it's close to my house. But the waves were very good here at Haleiwa today and I had a good heat", says Fernandez.

"It was a great score. I'm ranked number 67, so I need big results here. Maybe a win? That's OK. I'll keep trying."

Sunny Garcia, 6-time Triple Crown of Surfing champion, now 43, was on double duty competing against both the contemporary crew and the masters in the Reef Clash of the Legends exhibition event. He dominated both.

"Yesterday it looked like a river was running through Haleiwa. I always like to surf big waves but I don't think yesterday would have been surfing, it would have been paddling".

"My approach has always been to wait for the sets and I was a little worried half way through. These young guys surf so incredible, for me to beat them I'm always going to have to have the better waves and bigger turns, and need all the size I can get".

Big wave globe-trotter Ian Walsh only competes in a select few ASP world tour events, preferring to chase the biggest waves around the planet to competition.

He proved what a versatile and adaptive surfer he is, transitioning from a free session in waves of up to 40 feet at Jaws, to a 25-minute heat against three driven competitors at a much smaller Haleiwa today.

"Just transitioning from riding a 10'6" in big scary waves to today, riding a shortboard, is something a lot of people acquire growing up in Hawaii. That's something that being a product of your environment kind of helps with", concludes Walsh.

Reef Hawaiian Pro 2013 | Round of 128

Thomas Woods (AUS) 13.26pts ; Vicente Romero (ESP) 10.43pts ; Kahokula Kaoliopuuwai (HAW) 9.87pts ; Kahea Hart (HAW) 9.14pts
Seth Moniz (HAW) 10.80pts ; Gony Zubizarreta (ESP) 9.73pts ; Carlos Munoz (CRI) 7.93pts ; Bernardo Miranda (BRA) 7.43pts
Dylan Goodale (HAW) 12.93pts ; Santiago Muniz (ARG) 12.14pts ; Marcus Hickman (HAW) 7.80pts ; Tim Reyes (USA) 6.50pts
Ezekiel Lau (HAW) 11.33pts; Sean Moody (HAW) 10.46pts; Tanner Hendrickson (HAW) 10.44pts; Bino Lopes (BRA) 9.47pts
Sunny Garcia (HAW) 13.70pts ; Billy Stairmand (NZL) 13.44pts ; Frederico Morais (PRT) 10.06pts ; Kevin Sullivan (HAW) 9.43pts
Jack Freestone (AUS) 14.24pts ; Gavin Gillette (HAW) 12.17pts ; Nathaniel Curran (USA) 11.96pts ; Gregg Nakamura (HAW) 10.47pts
Yadin Nicol (AUS) 16.43pts ; Koa Smith (HAW) 12.33pts ; Jean Da Silva (BRA) 11.70pts ; Hizunome Bettero (BRA) 7.44pts
Kai Barger (HAW) 12.84pts ; Ian Gouveia (BRA) 12.33pts ; Chris Ward (USA) 11.66pts ; Hank Gaskell (HAW) 9.30pts
Messias Felix (BRA) 11.96pts ; Evan Valiere (HAW) 11.94pts ; Joel Centeio (HAW) 11.17pts ; Heitor Alves (BRA) 6.40pts
Marco Fernandez (BRA) 17.17pts ; Kaito Ohashi (JPN) 12.73pts ; Isaiah Moniz (HAW) 11.10pts ; Michael Dunphy (USA) 8.95pts
Ian Walsh (HAW) 13.64pts ; Cory Arrambide (USA) 13.20pts ; Ryan Callinan (AUS) 13.03pts ; Olamana Eleogram (HAW) 11.93pts
Nathan Yeomans (USA) 12.94pts ; Ricardo Christie (NZL) 12.93pts ; Kylen Yamakawa (HAW) 8.00pts ; Kalani David (HAW) 7.67pts
Adrien Toyon (FRA) 15.50pts ; Ian Gentil (HAW) 12.33pts ; Steven Pierson (PYF) 14.70pts ; Liam McNamara (HAW) 0.00pts
Garett Parkes (AUS) 12.56pts ; Makai McNamara (HAW) 11.43pts ; Kaimana Jaquias (HAW) 11.17pts ; Davey Cathels (AUS) 11.13pts
Gabe Kling (USA) 16.46pts ; Krystian Kymerson (BRA) 13.70pts ; Torrey Meister (HAW) 11.64pts ; Makuakai Rothman (HAW) 5.86pts
Nic Von Rupp (PRT) 14.17pts ; Alex Smith (HAW) 13.26pts ; Evan Geiselman (USA) 10.60pts; Joshua Moniz (HAW) 7.94pts