T he Walsh family kicks every morning off from their home up in Makawao overlooking Maui’s North Shore. From their living room, Des and his son Tim can check the progress of the wind and waves, studying Kanaha from afar. On a typical day, Des goes to work and Tim to school, but by the afternoon, they reconnect back on the water for a kite session. Having worked at Naish for over 30 years, Des has been around to see the evolution of the sport and has naturally gone about passing much of his kiteboarding wisdom to his 16-year-old son. Tim’s kiteboarding career launched in 2008, the same year as the Torch, when Des wrapped a four-year-old Tim between his legs, armed with a lifejacket and some goggles to fend off the spray. When Tim turned eight,he started kiting on his own and dnow, at 16, he has followed in his father’s footsteps, spending the corners of his days aiding the testing program at Naish Kiteboarding.
Tkb’s Vol. 18, No. 1 spring 2021 digital issue is available now. The print issue will be landing in mailboxes soon!