Ian Walsh was dangling his feet off a luxurious yacht into the warm blue of the Mediterranean Sea. The morning had seen a wake foil session, followed by a long (ish) lunch in a white table-clothed, Menorca seafood restaurant. As the sun bled into the Med on a late August summer evening, Walsh looked relaxed. “Man, since that swell at Ma’alaea in May it’s been full on. Winter’s coming, so this is time to just unwind.”
No one could accuse the 39-year-old Maui resident of being lazy. In fact, he has a good claim of being the hardest working man in surfing. This summer’s hectic program started with a bang and a historic summer swell at home.