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Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Updated: June 15, 11:28 AM ET
Bonsai Ian-san


As I type Ian Walsh has left Oahu and is back on Maui, chasing a hefty north swell that has half the North Shore drooling over visions of Honolua and Jaws. But before we get too engrossed in the big waves that are upon us, earlier this year, after a long rehab process for a busted up ankle, Ian joined Cory Lopez and Tanner Gudauskas for a tactical typhoon strike in the southern region of Japan. As you can see, they scored. But it wasn't easy. Before he left for Maui I asked Ian to give five tips to surviving a surf trip to Japan. Iin less than a minute this is what he came up with:

  • Japanese navigation does not come in English.
  • Rental car check-in counters usually close right before you land.
  • Always pre-book a hotel so you don't have to sleep in a karaoke bar.
  • Don't leave straight from the Surfer Poll to fly to Japan.
  • Always bow when you say hello in the lineup.