Ian Walsh has spent more than two decades traveling the world as a professional surfer and adventurer. He’s learned a few things along the way about the importance of organization, systems and gear to have an adventure without gear drama.
The feeling after your mind is scared and telling you not to do something, but you successfully do it, is a far greater feeling than most things I’ve ever felt in my life. Preparation is the key so that I can focus on the importance of the moment.
His surfboards, his water-safety equipment and his mountaineering gear are all covered. Step-by-step descriptions of how and why his system works for everyone who wants to make their gear last, have a place for everything, and have it all fit elegantly in the space they have. From beginner to professional - if you have some gear, and we know you do, this is a must have class. Who is this class for? This class is for anyone who has a gear closet, a garage, a trunk or a shed with a tangle of gear and no system to organize. It is for anyone who has traveled with a surfboard and gear in tow and wondered, is there a better way? It’s for everyone who has hassled, wrangled and argued with an airline about their board bag, damages or cost. Ian knows the tricks and the style to make it all easier so you can focus on the important things - the surf and the snow.
From about the time he could walk, Ian has been in the ocean. Growing up in Maui, he’s been surfing for as long as he can remember. And by the time he was a teen, he started to seek out bigger and bigger waves.
When Ian graduated as valedictorian from his high school, he could have had his pick of colleges, but instead he chose surfing. He made the unconventional decision to follow his passion versus follow the safer path.
His decision paid off: by the age 19, he was runner up at the Billabong XXL Awards after riding a 68 foot beast at Jaws, and numerous other nominations followed. But for Walsh, none of that mattered. He was always chasing waves to understand himself, and nothing else.
He’s ridden everything from Jaws at its most rugged to a maxed-out Teahupo’o in Tahiti, to an enormous swell off the coast of West Africa. The thing that drives his journey to the next big wave? It’s psychological and it runs deep within him.
In 2014, Walsh showed up at the one of the largest days at Jaws he’d seen in years. He was there to surf, naturally, but also to film a shot for the remake of Point Break, the legendary 1991 surf movie
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. The event has continued for over a decade and in addition to awarding top surfing, it also honors athletes with the highest grade point averages.
Ian is also a Co-Founder of Roam and recently collaborated with us in the making of The Big One his incredible month-long adventure climbing and snowboarding Denali.
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Backcountry Cooking - Fall 2020
Climbing Technique - Fall 2020