Everything perpetuates. The ocean flows steady to land, bounces off the shore, and rolls back into itself again and again, creating magnificent waves that anyone can appreciate. Rain falls and collects multiple times, nourishes its surroundings, and lifts into the sky to begin again. Communities reach out and over their youth, lifts them up, and spreads attitudes and passions that upcoming generations will carry on to their children and their children’s children and so on. We know this bigger picture exists but only experience snippets of this constant motion in our daily life.
In its 15th year, Ian Walsh’s Menehune Mayhem surfing competition had all of these elements at play.
It was a wet one, to say the least, and we don’t just mean the kids bouncing over Ho’okipa shore break six at a time. Despite nearly constant rain, hundreds of kids showed up to surf consistent 4-8 foot sets in 10 age divisions before about 500 spectators. Maui man and world-renowned big wave surfer Ian Walsh, whose family and friends help bring this event to life, felt the rain was a non-factor that only brought out the true resiliency of Maui’s youth. “It would be nice to have sun but the swell came with a little weather, so the tradeoff is that we had good surf for the kids,” he said. “The kids didn’t even notice; right now there are three girls playing in the ocean in the rain at 7 o’clock in the morning.”