Page 16 - Surftime Magazine Vol.24

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In 1982, winning the Pipeline Masters with
a cast on his right arm, inventing the back-
side “Pig-dog” approach to surfing. Micheal
Ho owns thirteen Duke Trophies, is an eight
time Duke finalist and has won it in 1978
and 1981. He is a four time winner of the
Xcel Pro, Two time Triple Crown Champ
and George Downing says he will not hold
the Eddie without Michael Ho in it, Michael
being one of the few contestants to whom
Eddie was a close friend. Remarkably, at
40 years old, Michael Ho was the runner-
up at the 1997 Pipe Masters defeating Kelly
Slater in an earlier heat. He won the World
Masters Championship in France in 2000.
And in 2003 at Makaha, he damn near won
it again. And don’t even get us started about
Mason Ho’s sister Coco.
Which is all to say that it has either been
very difficult for Mason Ho to live up to this
legacy, or very easy for him due to his inher-
ited talent. It certainly looks like the latter is
true. No top pro surfer seems to have more
fun in the surf. But do not let this energetic
approach fool you. Mason is the real deal.
Just go back and take a look at the giant
Waimea wave he almost won the Eddie on,
or any of his Wave Of The Winter entries.
Obviously the Ho Family’s legacy is in good
hands with Mason. His Father living proof
that legacy is not about leaving something
for someone, it is about leaving something
in someone. The goal is not to live forever.
The goal is to leave something behind that
will.
We will all be known forever by the tracks
we leave.
Wearing the spotlight with the comfort in-
herited from a family that has grown up in
front of the media for generations, Mason
Ho seems to ride every wave with a com-
bination of drama, theatrics and class. Al-
ways taking the time to soak in the subtle
moments a wave can bring.