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Kael Walsh

  • Name: Kael Walsh
  • Date of Birth: 03/09/99
  • Hometown: Yallingup, Australia

  • In a word: fearless. In 85 words: Kael Walsh grew up in Western Australia, where the geography shapes the mentality of those who inhabit it. It's raw and it's rugged and it can be either kind or cruel, depending on how you play your hand. Kael is a one-of-a-kind up-and-coming talent. He ain't afraid to stand tall in waves that could shatter the spine or do an air over sections that might annihilate the knee. We don’t know exactly what the future will hold for Kael, but we know it'll be exciting.



Fiery surfing. Fast song. Five minutes or less.

Now that’s the formula for a good edit.

Meet BYOB, a South African edit from Steven Michelsen. It features Quiksilver surfers Michael February, Kael Walsh, David Van Zyl, Dan Redman, Joel Paxton, Sebastian Williams and Shane Sykes.

And, yep, it’s going to fire you to go for a thrash.

Bruce Brown’s 1966 hit The Endless Summer is an unforgettable film about the serendipity, joy and easygoing kicks of life on the road with a surfboard and some friends. It is also a lie.

Or at least the title is. While The Endless Summer is a great representation of our culture, the reality is that surfers actually chase winter. In almost every major surf destination around the world, winter is the prime season of surf. So, really, we’re out there pursuing an endless winter. The goal is to just make it feel like summer.

So, with the Northern Hemisphere winter in full swing, we wanted to share some of the season’s finer moments with you.

Jamie Mitchell- Mavs. Shot by Tony Canadas

Reef McIntosh and Kael Walsh, Himalayas.

The common thread? Our Highline AirLift vest, an innovative safety tool for big wave surfing. Every photo you see here features one of our riders wearing an AirLift — it’s pretty much the outfit of the winter.

Cut by: Myles Carroll

Shot by: Myles Carroll, Wade Carroll, Jimmy Graham, Steven Michelson, Wyatt Davies

Music: The New South Whales- 'Spece In Hell'

Our world moves fast. It goes a million miles a minute, spinning at the speed of infinity and never slowing down. You’re here today — fully here, engaged — then you’re gone tomorrow. Onto the next one. A new coast to explore, the next swell to surf, another moment to fall in love with.

Gone Tomorrow celebrates that spirit of now.

The France edition features Mikey February, Connor O’Leary, Zeke Lau, Kanoa Igarashi, Leonardo Fioravanti, Jeremy Flores, Ramzi Boukhiam, Aritz Aranburu, Marc Lacomare, Kael Walsh, Sebastian Williams and Mikey Wright. Filmed over a two week beach break blur, it’s guaranteed to make you want to go surfing.














Third time’s a charm. And $10K

“You have to express yourself. We’re judging the moment.”

Matt Hoy said that a week ago, while Indonesian dancers stood behind him and twirled their ornate dresses into the Sumatran night. It was the opening ceremony of the 2017 Quiksilver Young Guns Final and excitement (along with smoke from a brush fire) was in the air. Hoy judged a lot of moments between then and now. His criteria was damn clear.

Expressing yourself is one thing when it comes to putting pen to paper or paint to canvas, but the Young Guns were tasked with putting board to wave in order to externalize something. Initially, every teenager in the world was challenged to woo Mikey Wright, Ezekiel Lau and Jeremy Flores with an air, turn or combo. After over a thousand kids stepped up, Mikey picked the top 10 airs, Zeke picked the top 10 turns and Jermey picked the top 10 combos. Those 30 kids made edits and you, the public, voted for the top 5. Then Jeremy, Zeke and Mikey chucked in their favorites and we had ourselves a final.

Dwight Pastrana, Kyuss King, Kehu Butler, Sandy Whitaker, Sammy Pupo, Kael Walsh and Kade Matson showed up for the big dance in Indo with dreams of $10K. Each of them surfed three hour-long heats and tried to fulfill the same criteria that got them here: airs, turns and combos. They let their personalities shine through on every single wave. Wild behavior on land lead to recklessness in the water while poise on the beach transitioned into calculation when the sets rolled in. Ain’t if funny how people truly surf like themselves? Expression, eh Hoy?

Things get interesting, though, when your canvas can hold you underwater for 15-seconds and bounce you across jagged reef. When it came time for the hour-long Super Final featuring the best aerialists, turners and comboers from the aforementioned heats — Kael Walsh, Sammy Pupo, Kade Matson and Kyuss King — the ocean wasn’t exactly in a playful mood. 6-8 foot waves thundered down the point, while the occasional wash-through turned the lineup into a furious milk bath. Should we run it? Should we not run it? $10K was on the line. Let’s make these kids earn it.

Kyuss and Kade picked long waves and tagged them all the way through. Kael got barreled and squared up with sections that nobody else even looked at. You need more than a chunk of foam in order to attack a lip that wants to make your face bleed. You need attitude. The Great Hoy was pleased with this. But then, Sammy got the two largest waves of the heat and surfed them to complete perfection. Every single movement was in unison with the ocean. It was like a song you never want to end.

So, who won?

Hoy paddled out with a $10K novelty check under his chest and the finalists met him in the channel. With the appropriate amount of ado, he announced the champ. After three years of making the Young Guns Final, Sammy Pupo finally took the thing out.

Everybody clapped and cheered and then got annihilated when the biggest set of the day stampeded into the shore pound. Sammy desperately tried to hang on to his check and the last board of his Sumatran quiver and inevitably snapped both.

After an explosion of laugher, the rest of the Young Guns put Sammy on their shoulders and chaired him up the beach. “This was the best contest ever,” he said from his perch, while his yard sale dragged behind him. Though, really, it never even felt like a contest at all.

You probably already knew that the Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast has trials to hand over a few spots in the main event — but did you know that there are trials to get into the trials? Yep, sure are. And we held em today. 


At an empty beachbreak a short drive away from Snapper, Michael Dunphy, Kehu Butler and Cody Robinson proved their merit in front of their peers. Tonight, they’ll sleep well. Tomorrow, they’ll surf in the actual trials. And the day after that, they could be facing the cream of the CT crop at Snapper. The path to victory sure ain’t short. But then again, nobody said it would be.

It’s amazing when it all comes together. When a storm creates a wave that ripples across an entire ocean, finds its way to a foreign shore and is met by someone who is willing and able to ride it perfectly. The whole process is bizarre. And beautiful. And mostly insane. We couldn’t love it more.

Every wave is unique and, for lack of a better word, they all have personality. In Hawaii, a single one can make or break a career, humble you, hurt you, kill you or create a euphoric experience you’ll never forget. This season, we’re committed to showing you the wildest moments between man and wave meet. Our riders are going to give you raw and honest insight on what made the best (or most brutal) waves they’ve wrangled unique. We’re calling it #ThisWave and we’re inviting you to join us for the ride — follow us on Instagram to do just that.

We will keep this page updated with all the latest #thiswave posts, so keep an eye on it.

“I think you have to be ready to break your leg if you want to land a proper air.”

We’re hovering over a screen looking at photos from Rocky Point a few hours ago and at first, I laugh. This is the first time I’ve met 17-year-old Kael Walsh and there is currently no link in my mind between progressive surfing and fractured bone.

“No,” he says. “I’m serious.”

As the photos from Rockies continue to light up the screen, I realize just how serious he is — the kid surfs without a tinge of fear. He’s recklessly confident, hucking himself into the flats on big, heavy chunks of ocean. Simply put, he surfs like he’s invisible — probably because he’s willing to break to shatter some limbs in order to get a clip.

Here are a few photos for proof — look for a clip on Kael’s time in Hawaii to drop in a few months.

This year Young Guns Surf is planning to go bigger, higher and deeper to find the best under-18 surfer on the planet. The final nine Young Guns will be packed up, blindfolded, and shipped off to a secret location where they will experience three days of surfing, competing, professional coaching and nonstop selfie moments.

This is where the pressure cooker gets turned on; the final contestant have gotta show up and blow up. No slouching. The format remains the same. They need to push some big rail turns, stomp some mega airs and combo it to the beach. With $10,000 USD up for grabs these 9 surfers want to bring their best game.