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Curated by Ian Walsh
Ian Walsh is a man of many talents: legendary big wave surfer, die-hard snowboarder and avid art collector. We recently caught up with him for a Q&A session while curating his favorites from Asymbol:
What got you into collecting art and who are some of your favorite artists and photographers?
It's more of a general vision I have for the kind of art I like to be surrounded by, than anything specific. I prefer prominent photos without people in them. Things like empty waves or a wall of spine lines.
When you're surfing or snowboarding, are you creating art or are they different?
They're different. When I'm riding, everything is happening more sporadically. I gravitate towards the freedom of just reading a wave or the mountain and not having anybody judge how you're doing it. Snowboarding really gives you the chance to look at the mountain and visualize how you want to approach riding it. I enjoy both.
When did you start surfing and how do you keep progressing your riding?
I started riding when I was still in diapers. What keeps me progressing is really my passion for the sport. It's always different and ever changing. Surfing really keeps you on your toes. I'm still having fun. I'll be surfing as long as I'm alive.
You recently participated in our Neon Daze & Winter Waves project. What was it about this project that attracted you?
It was an opportunity to participate in something with a different atmosphere, away from surfing. I'm a big fan of Mike Parillo's and of snowboarding in general. Neon Daze & Winter Waves just seemed like a rad thing to be a part of. The list of athletes and artists was something I was really proud to be involved with.
<-- Ian's board "Fish Out Of Water" from Neon Daze & Winter Waves
Is it true that you were valedictorian of your high school?
What goes through your mind when you're about to drop into a 70 foot wave like Jaws?
Nothing. It's all a feeling at that point. The less you think, the better.