Step into to Anthony WALSH’S liq­uid of­fice.

Tracks - - Buzz - BY BEN BUG­DEN

This is Anthony Walsh hard at work. No, se­ri­ously. You see Wal­shy is the man who has scored him­self the en­vi­able gig of over­see­ing the Go­Pro chal­lenge dur­ing this year’s ASP World Tour.

Run­ning at five events in 2014 in­clud­ing Fiji, Tahiti, France, Pipe and West Oz, the Go­Pro Chal­lenge is a bat­tle be­tween the surfers on tour to see who can pro­cure the best Go­Pro footage of a sin­gle wave dur­ing each event win­dow. The re­ward? $10,000 if the footage is cap­tured dur­ing a freesurf, and a hefty $15,000 for the added risk of cap­tur­ing it dur­ing a heat.

Josh Kerr took home the first round of the chal­lenge in West Oz dur­ing the Drug Aware Pro. Kerrsy earned him­self a cool $10,000 for a ridicu­lously deep bar­rel on a slabby num­ber at The Box, com­plete with acid-drop exit into the chan­nel in front of a dum­founded CJ Hob­good. Check the ASP site if you haven’t seen it.

Wal­shy’s job is to cut and edit the footage on site, and ba­si­cally over­see the run­ning of the chal­lenge at each event. But be­ing one of the best on the planet at cap­tur­ing Go­Pro footage him­self, Anthony’s job de­scrip­tion of course in­volves stuff­ing him­self deep in­side a plethora of his own tubes, and if he was in the run­ning for the prize, he may well have come close to claim­ing the win­ning dol­lars him­self.

West Oz pho­tog­ra­pher Rus­sell Ord finds it hard to re­mem­ber any­one surf­ing the box back­side with as much suc­cess.

“I have been shoot­ing The Box for years and I am pretty hard pressed to think of any­one that has surfed it so well on their back­hand,” says Russ. “The wave is su­per tricky for goofy foot­ers, with all the steps and shal­low bub­bles, but Wal­shy looked very com­fort­able. See­ing a goofy stand­ing tall and deep with no hands on the rail at The Box is a rare site in my eyes.”

“I grew up on rights on the North Coast of NSW," ex­plains Wal­shy of his ap­proach." I know Len­nox Head is a lit­tle dif­fer­ent to The Box but I love a good bar­relling right as much as bar­relling lefts. I try to take off as deep as pos­si­ble, to the point where if I was any deeper I would miss it! The deeper you are the eas­ier the drop. You al­ways think you're go­ing to be to deep out there, but you go so fast that in the end you’re never deep enough.”

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