ANTHONY Walsh doesn't do contests unless they have barrels, he's the modern gypsy, the itinerant storm chaser. Fresh back from Indo he's already repacking for a Body Glove boardshort shoot in Tahiti.
Walshy is that 2.0 surfer, eschewing the WQS drudge to carve out a niche inside the world's deepest tubes, capturing it all on a Go Pro and posting it on the web for his bread and butter. This is where he's audited for success by his sponsors.
"Put it this way" Says Walshy "The numbers I get on the internet hopefully outweigh any magazine or WQS result."
He didn't spend much time in Indo, it was a holiday with his partner Crystal and 19-month-old son Damien. "At that age quick holidays are better" he laughs. "I go to Java because it's one of the nicest places in Indo with no-one around and pumping waves."
What he neglects to mention is the reef here is shallow lava, liable to strip the bark off your body at the slightest caress.