For the second time in his career, and exactly ten years after claiming his first trophy, Maui surfer Ian Walsh has won the HIC Pro at Sunset Beach.
Walsh, 32, opened the final round with a 9.33 ride, one he says played into the overall gameplan headed into the day.
“I wanted to start early,” said Walsh. “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, and 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."
Walsh will compete next in Haleiwa at the Hawaiian Pro, and this HIC Pro win gives him an automatic wildcard berth into the first jewel of the Van's Triple Crown, which begins on November 12.