He won five times on the US PGA Tour, including a maiden major title in the US PGA Championship at a record 20-under-par and claimed the world number one ranking. He gave a nod to Fanning in his acceptance speech. “I’d like to congratulate the other 11 nominees – what a fantastic year they’ve had. All the way from the Socceroos to Mick Fanning punching a bloody shark in the face, it’s been an amazing year for all the 11 other nominees,” Day said.

Mick and Jules didn’t go home empty handed, however: The pair collected the ‘Spirit of Sport’ award for their bravery in the midst of the Great White shark attack in South Africa.

It’s only the fifth time the award has been activated by the Hall of Fame. The surfers’ mothers, Liz Osborne and Nola Wilson, were on hand to collect the gongs with Mick and Jules in Portugal awaiting the beginning of the Rip Curl Pro, World Tour event.

Read the full story at: http://stabmag.com/mick-fanning-and-julian-wilson-win-hall-of-fame-award/


VIDEO: Red Bull’s “Peaking | Ian Walsh” via Surfing Life Australia

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To watch the video, click: http://www.surfinglife.com.au/tv/channels/red-bull/14318-peaking-ian-walsh-in-japan

“You learn a lot more about an area being there and crawling around every little option on the coast, than you do sitting on Google Earth at home,” says Ian Walsh, in summarising the latest instalment of Red Bull’s Peaking, a series of videos following surfers as they prepare for big-wave season. It’s an update on the old traveller’s adage that “getting there is half the fun,” and in this day and age of modern surf exploration, it’a a reminder that nothing beats time on the ground, or as the case may be, in the water.

Walsh is joined on the road by Makua Rothman, Ezekiel Lau, Danny Fuller and photographer Zak Noyle. Together, they set their on the Japanese island of Miyazaki, home of the legendary Curren’s Right.

With back-to-back category-five hurricanes producing 150kph winds and one huge typhoon in the North Pacific, it seems that the boys are assured of success, and spirits are suitably high as they touch down in the Land Of The Rising Sun.

For more on this story, go to: http://www.surfinglife.com.au/tv/channels/red-bull/14318-peaking-ian-walsh-in-japan



Shane Dorian: “There’s nothing friendly about Mavericks. Freezing dark water, the way the wave breaks. It also holds you down forever and washes you into big dangerous rocks on the inside.”

For more from this article, check out: http://stabmag.com/ltd/surfings-good-guys-and-their-greatest-fears/


Congrats Ian!!! Decade Later, Walsh Wins Second HIC Pro Title (via WSL)

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Maui’s big wave specialist Ian Walsh dominated this week’s HIC Pro, Presented by Vans, for the second time in his career, exactly 10 years after his maiden victory. This win rockets Walsh to No. 1 spot on WSL Hawaii’s regional ratings, a ranking that grants him a wildcard into the first event of the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing that begins November 12.

Walsh, 32, excelled through every giant swell pulse during the event, then took total command of the 30-minute Final, opening with a 9.33 — the best single wave score of the day — backed up by a 7.07 to leave his challengers in need of a combination of high scores early on. Fellow Maui surfer Billy Kemper, 24, answered back with a 7.17, while 21-year-old Kaito Kino (HAW) and 17-year-old Jack Robinson (AUS) battled back and forth for third and fourth places respectively.

Wave face heights for the final day of competition were in the range of 12-to-15 feet and excellent quality.

Ian Walsh on a set wave at Sunset for the 2015 HIC Pro

Ian Walsh (HAW), comfortable and confident in big Sunset. Photo: WSL/Freesurf/PhotoKeoki

“I feel like a lot of years I surf up until the Semi or Final and then I seem to change my strategy and I feel like I need way bigger scores than what got me to that point,” Walsh said. At this whole event I just tried to keep the same strategy, the same rhythm and just do the same things over and over and treat it like another heat. If the wave gives you a big canvas, light it up. If not, whatever wave you stand up on you have to make it count. Whatever wave you get, surf it to its full potential.”

Walsh also talked about the excitement of winning an event again and what the path to success looks like for a dedicated athlete.

“You have a goal you’re working for, and to finally be there and stand on the podium and hold a check above your head, it’s hard to put into words. Originally when I won this event 10 years ago, I wanted that feeling back again. You get a little taste and then every event you want to do it again.”

Ian Walsh gets chaired up the beach as the 2015 HIC Pro winner.

Walsh gets chaired up the beach by Joel Centeio and Billy Kemper. Photo: WSL/Freesurf/Heff

Walsh will compete next in Haleiwa at the Hawaiian Pro. His HIC Pro win will give him the confidence to surf against the world’s best. “It’s a good start to winter, hopefully I can keep some momentum into the Triple Crown,” said Walsh.

For more on this story, check out: http://www.worldsurfleague.com/posts/156123/ian-walsh-wins-hic-pro