Christmas has come and gone, but winter is still in full effect in Hawaii, and we’ve still been hearing a lot of Ho Ho Hos.
Firstly, the elder Ho, 56-year-old Michael, just locked in a Billabong XXL nomination for a wave he caught at Second Reef Pipeline. Mike’s shaper, Matt Biolos, posted the image at right on Instagram.
“So proud of Mike Ho right now. Interestingly enough, this man, who has dominated his home reefs of Oahu’s North Shore for over three decades, was recently dropped off the Eddie Aikau invite list. In spite of being about the only man left still regularly surfing big waves who actually surfed with Eddie, and finishing in the top ten of every past running of the Eddie. So what does this old war horse do? He goes out and nails an XXL nomination!”
Mason Ho, Mike’s son, has been following in dad’s footsteps thus far, with some notable additions to his surfing repertoire. Mase and his filmmaker buddy Rory Pringle have been pumping out a steady stream of web clips that follow him to all the odd waves he has dialed around the island. Below are his latest, which blend dangerous big waves with dangerous small waves, all of which can be found on the North Shore. To be clear, those rocks he’s surfing over are very sharp and most people should try to avoid them.
Finally, another Instagram, at left, this time from Lost Enterprises. Apparently the waves at Backdoor Pipeline were all-time yesterday morning, and guess who was out getting barreled together? The Hos.
“MHo & MHo yesterday at Backdoor. #father&son”