Walshy's Mighty Menehunes
Ian Walsh's Menehune Mayhem
Ian Walsh's Menehune Mayhem grom surf contest celebrated its 11th anniversary at the end of March with 150 young contestants surfing in 10 divisions. Four-to-eight-foot storm surf provided the young surfers with highly contestable waves at Pavills Peak on the north shore of Maui, Hawaii. Needless to say, a good time was had by all.
The Hookipa beach park is usually a pretty quiet scene where you'll usually find a handful of the local crew hanging out. But when Walsh throws his contest it looks a lot more like the U.S. Open. "It's like a carnival," described Walsh.
"This an example of someone coming from the community, a young gentleman that wanted to give back to the community," said Maui County Mayor Alan Arakawa. "For Ian Walsh to be willing to come back, sponsor an event like this, specifically for the youth, and to encourage them to not only be very active sports-wise, but to reward their scholastic ability sends a real strong message that it's important to have athletic skill, as well as be a good scholar is tremendous for the community."
In addition to presenting both competitive surfing and memorial awards, Walsh also recognizes academic achievement at his contest. As a valedictorian of King Kekaulikes Class of 2001 he feels it's important to award prizes for competitors with the highest grade point averages.
"Each year I love bringing new activities to the event," said Walsh. "This year I was especially excited to bring Matt Kinoshita of Kazuma Surfboards and his son Chaz to do a demonstration of how to shape a surfboard. We basically brought a shaping bay to the beach where we had a live shaping seminar."
In Honor of Weezy
If you've been to Walsh's place on the north shore of Maui you know he keeps pet goats. His first goat was named Lil Wayne. The trophies were inspired by his passion for the horned farm animal.
"When I first started this event 11 years ago it started as something for the kids to look forward to and give them something to do at the beach because there was a lapse in surf events on Maui at that time," says Walsh. Needless to say, today it's a huge deal on the island.
"Where you at Shane Victorino," Walsh tweeted to the Red Sox star, who also's from Maui. Being the small island community that it is, Victorino replied, "Hope they dunk 'em."
While the waves out the back were too big for the pint sized competitors, the reform on the inside reef were just perfect for rolling in.
To the victory go the spoils. With surfboards, surf gear, and rad trophies on offer as prizes, a win at Walsh's contest comes with some serious rewards.
Float The Boat
With a nice little pulse hitting the outside reef even the big kids got to get out and play.