RESULTS ARE IN: Ian Walsh’s Menehune Mayhem is a one day surf event that pits Maui’s Top Junior Surfers in an all day competition. The event’s four person finals determine podium positions. Two GPA awards were given out at the event for highest GPA for a boy and girl, and five memorial awards in which all competitors are eligible to win, which are: the Eric Diaz Award, the Steve Cooney Award, the Sion Milosky Award, the Andy Irons Award, and the Tristan “Turtle” Brennan Award. Event is held at Walsh’s home break, Ho’okipa Beach Park on the North Shore of Maui.
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HO‘OKIPA, MAUI (March TKTK, 2012) – Everything was bigger at Ho‘okipa Beach Park for the 9th Annual
Ian Walsh’s Menehune Mayhem than previous years. The all-day, free junior surf event was bombarded with
wave face heights in the 8-to 12-foot range. The surf was triple overhead for most of the young competitors and
tested their mettle. Considering that Ian Walsh is one of the world’s best big wave surfers, the
conditions for the 9th Annual Ian Walsh’s Menehune Mayhem were fitting.
“It’s probably six-feet solid, North/Northeast swell with 30 mph trade winds: ‘Maui Glass,’” says Ian Walsh, who grew up surfing at Ho‘okipa. “The good thing about Ho‘okipa is you can surf as a seven-year-old kid on the inside because it has a little reform and it’s completely safe on the inside. The big kids can go out and have whatever they want and go as big as they want to go. On the inside it’s super safe and protected for the little guys.”