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Mason Ho On The Horns Of A Sunset Bull

Story by Derek Rielly

Two days ago, Mason Ho won the HIC Pro at Sunset Beach, a contest his father Michael won four times. The Ho family, including the just-as-famous-but-slightly-cuter Coco, live on the north-east flank of the North Shore at place called Backyards Sunset. And therefore it ain’t so much of a surprise that Michael’s son, 25-year-old Mason, was able to, excuse the tainted word, snatch his own Sunset trophy.

Mason’s preferred contest mix is the lithe and vigorous slash, with much darting and struggling, paired with a supple tube style, emerging like a dog shaking spray from his body. His victory speech was the lightest, funnest, least pretentious thing ever, striped with the scarcely believing pleasure of someone who’d just been given something he’d wanted his whole life.

Mason had only emerged (“Forty seconds ago!”) from a deserved nap when he agreed to submit to an interview.

STAB: Is that the Sunset Master? The Prince of Power?
MASON: (Laughter) Fuck. That.

Tell me about your speech. There may be a pedantic troll or two online who’ll say otherwise, but, personally, and on behalf of the devils here at Stab, we loved it. So light, so breezy, so you! Oh my gosh, that thing is… terrible. I don’t really remember it to be honest. I just remember screwing up.

You even used the word “surreal”! I just remember when I said that everyone kinda looked at me, like… what? That was funny. I shoulda just shut up.

Sunset victory in belt, cheque in hands, prospect of good times shining ahead. Don't that smile just scream it all? Photo: Laserwolf

Sunset victory in belt, cheque in hands, prospect of good times shining ahead. Don’t that smile just scream it all? Photo: Laserwolf

You grew up at Backyards, there, did you always have yourself pencilled in for a win at Sunset some day? Driving past there every day I try and make some eye contact with it and think about it, like, “Come on, I gotta win one time, I gotta win this place.” That was super cool to win, right there. But it’s a baby step. It feels like a little baby step. I want more, yeah. I want more.

What did your dad, the four-time winner, say before the final? The only thing he did ask, I remember, I’d run over to wax my board real quick and he called and my friend’s, like, “Oh Brah! Your Dad’s on the phone” and then I talked to him and he’s, like, “What, do I have time? I wanna run home and grab a beer! Can I drink one before your final?” And I’m, “No you got no time, you gotta stay right there” ’cause he was helping me spot the lineup. I said, “You can’t go anywhere. I’ll be lost if you’re not there in the spot!” And he’s, like, ok whatever, and then when we started the final I was looking for him and I couldn’t find him. A couple of minutes later I saw him back in his spot and I was like, that fucker went and grabbed a beer! Heavy!

You throw much of a party? Yeah, man, we had a little thing for sure. I came home and… yep… drank a couple of beers with Pottz (Martin Potter). And then ate a little bit of food and then we dug out. We went to the Surfer Bar (at the Turtle Bay Hilton), just snipered it. Got pretty screwed up.

You want to light up on the high point? To be honest, I forgot a little… spurt… of it. But the craziest thing I witnessed that night was Burger’s (Keoni Nozaki) entry into the place. I was there already. I went with a couple of friends and we couldn’t get in touch with Cheeseburger and we’re in there and we’re all taking this group photo and it was mellow, everyone was buzzed, it was pretty cool, and all of a sudden Burger came in and the Surfer Bar, they’re already timid on all of us, we’ve used all our strings already, so any time we show up the question is, if they’ll let us in or not. Are you going to be mellow this time? Yeah, please, let us in! So we’re trying to be good and Burger came in just so hot. Yeah baby! Screaming at the top of his lungs. Jumping up and down trying to break the floor or his ankles, whatever could break first. I kept looking at security and grabbing Burger by the mouth and, like, “Brah, shoosh, shut up, you gotta be quiet!” And Burger was screaming FUCK THAT! FUCK YEAH! YEAH! YEAH! Luckily, we got away with it. That was the high point for me.

When you win a big contest, experience suggests pretty gals want to pal up. How was your experience? Ho ho ho. I thought I got a pretty good chick that night. I mean, I didn’t know where all the girls were, it was all rained out everywhere, so we got lucky. The Surfer Bar had the usuals, a nice little group of chicks and we all picked one and went our ways. I was stoked ’cause I always thought that if I won I was gonna bomb and get a nice hot girl and dig out. It was funny cause we did it like we do it every night when we go out. I had a chick at the Surfer Bar and I could’ve gone home and shut it short but then I was like, we’re gonna go, we’re doing the rounds. So we ended up a the Oakley house and just staying til four in the morning. And I remember towards the end of the night I was, like, yeah, this is how I want it, this is how I want to do it every night, just looking at a couple of handfuls of the boys, a couple of chicks, the last ones who could handle.

Gals try harder for champs. I think she gave me a little more time. Usually, they would’ve been, fuck this guy already, I can’t believe he’s making me wait this long. But she was kicking back… kept checking on me… and I was, yeah, this is sick…

Ain’t it great being a champ. Ha! Fuck! I don’t know. Being the champ. Fuck. It feels super good to win but I just remember the whole ceremony, you get chaired onto this podium first and you’re sitting there all by yourself. It’s all lonely. I was, like, come on boys, hurry up and get on with this thing. It feels awkward winning. But, it’s cool, I live for that.

  • Single Fin

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  • Guest

    This isn’t the triple crown though stab. its only the HIC pro. ie the poor mans triple crown. Since when did winning a 4 star become such big news? Also, mason seems like a douche. FUck I’m negative, come at me stab commenters and pretentious stab writers!

    • starsky

      Nah no way, Mason’s a legend … brah

    • Miguel107

      Nah, you’re just the poor man’s troll.

      • Guest

        Does it feel good sucking Mason off through the internet? Mason is a douchebag, the only poor thing here will be him in 10 years haha.

        • KOBY

          MASON IS ONE OF THE FRIENDLIEST PEOPLE ON FUKN EARTH, HE DONT HAVE A BAD BONE IN HIS BODY YOU FUKN KOOK. WHAT DO U DO? YOU WILL BE HIDDEN IN YOUR ROOM IN 10 YEARS SUCKING COCK AND PUTTING WINNERS DOWN ON THE COMPUTER. MASON WILL BE SURFING PIPE DRINKING BEERS AND BBQING. WHO IS POOR U SCRUB..

          • Guest

            hahaha look who got dropped on his head when he was a baby. Talk about run on sentences. You are clearly pretty fucking dumb judging by that incoherent ramble. How do you even dress yourself with such little intelligence.

            I admit I went too far with my comments, believe me if I could delete them I would. Mason is most likely a good guy who doesnt deserve judgement from someone who doesnt know him. too bad you cant delete comments on this thing.

            Anyways im pretty amazed you could actually read what I said, or did you get someone to read it out for you. There were some pretty heavy insults there but its too bad for you that I dont really care about insults from someone as dimwitted and outwardly retarded as you. And if you didnt notice, you left caps lock on

          • KOBY

            IM SCREAMING CUNNNTTTTTT
            MY COMMENT WAS NOT WORTH YOUR SHIT STORY HAHAHHAHA KOOK.
            BOOGIE BOARDS ARE NOT COOL.

          • ulkyv

            So I take it you missed my other apologies and reacted to my insults. How fucking crazy is this haha a internet argument with Koby Abberton. Sorry about the Mason thing, it was a dumb thing to say and doesnt reflect me as a person, which is why Im apologizing and feel terrible

            Im resisting the temptation to point out glaring flaws in your paragraph both grammatically and logically, but theres no point seeing im the idiot here who started the whole thing with dumb comments that dug me into a hole which im trying to apologize my way out of.

            The only reason why Im apologizing is because I feel shit about this whole thing and insulting you and Mason. I fucked this one up, so sorry, as ironic as it sounds I never meant to be the guy that just hates via the internet, it was just a dumb move by me.

            I only hope you reply to this comment with grace because tbh your other comments reflect on you pretty poorly, as stupid as it sounds from me haha

          • KOBY

            YOU REALLY SEEM LIKE YOUR ON THE VERGE OF KILLING YOURSELF. KEEP YA HEAD UP BRA, LIFE IS GREAT. WE BORED THATS ALL.

          • Guest

            Fuck I knew my response was too long, I can see why you thought that. Just feel bad thats all. Dont be a cunt about it.

            You gonna accept the apology of what cos I dont wanna be a dick about it and im trying to do the right thing?

          • Stu Azole

            ITS GUNNA BE RAD WHEN YOU’RE 65 AND PISS BROKE. Let’s see where your brothers are then.

          • banta

            I’m a big fan of your surfing, but it’s quite insulting that you are bagging on people who work for a living. These are the people that make your cars, shape your surfboards, cure you when you are sick.
            Go ahead and defend yourself, but don’t make it an assault on all those that help you live the life you do.

          • KOBY

            IM NOT PUTTING PEOPLE DOWN FOR WORKING IM PUTTING THE GUY (GUEST) DOWN FOR PUTTING A HUMAN DOWN, A GUY WHOSE DREAM HAS ALWAYS BEEN WINNING THAT CONTEST, AND HIS DREAMS ARE COMING TRUE. THEN THE SAME IDIOT CALLS ME DUMB, WHO IS HE TO CALL ANYONE NAMES? IM PROUD OF ALL PEOPLE AND ANYONE WHO KNOWS ME KNOWS THAT. JUST NOT BOOGERS..

          • Guest

            I apologized you idiot, learn to read. But if you arent going to accept that I dont know what else I can do. Keep talking shit I guess?

          • Northy

            QUICK QUESTION FOR YA KOBY… you rip on boogers but in your Bra Boys movie you’ve got a Parkway Drive song… half that band are boogers? What’s the deal with that?

          • Harvey Wiz

            MY MOTHER FUCK NIGGA :) KOBE

          • Guest

            Disregard the other comment, I feel pretty shit for putting Mason down, and my comments were plain dumb to do. Sorry for the offence and after a much needed comment raping i now realize how much of an idiot I was so im sorry and that comment now in no way reflects my opinion

          • Steve Dave

            Can you take of the cap lock Koby?

          • KOBY

            HAHAHHAHAHAH BOYS I JUST CANT DO IT! U KNOW ITS ME, IM SCREAMING FUUUKKKKKK HAHHAHAHA

          • Steve Dave

            FAIR ENOUGH!!!!!! HA HA

          • Stu Azole

            man, you keep missing that cap lock undo. Simmer down, dopey.

    • Domo

      What a fucken tool you are. One of those people that can’t be happy for others because their shitty lives suck. Everyone is happy for mason. A lot of good surfers surfed that event. Fuck your a pile i hope you get aids.

      • Guest

        Yeah I am a tool, and I should be happy for others achievements.
        I realize how much of a dick I was, more out of boredom than anything and totally out of ignorance. It was a dumb thing to say which i fully regret. So, congrats Mason for the win. Total mistake on my part.
        The reason why im doing this- I feel terrible for the put downs and apologizing is the only way to shake those feelings off

    • KOBY

      NO YOU KNOW YOUR A NEGATIVE KOOK.
      YEAH MASE LOVE YA BROTHER!!!

      • Guest

        Okay, disregard the last message. I totally fucked up. I don’t mean any of the things I said. And that’s not just cos of the response. I should have known better than to judge a person I didn’t know. To everyone who read this I apologize for what I said. Everyone screws up sometimes and I really really screwed up this one.
        I really wish I could delete comments because I would delete all of them.
        SO yeah, sorry guys and everyone who was offended.
        I regretted it before I got the hate, and everything else was just a knee jerk reaction to defend myself.

        • Stu Azole

          Soft cock.

          • Guest

            Yeah I am being soft, i just dont need this shit right now

          • Stu Azole

            what? There’s no easier place to talk shit than here. If you can’t handle that sort of stress, how do you manage to leave the house each morning. Fark man, grow a pair.

          • Guest

            Fuck now that I look back my grovelly apologies look pretty bad. Time to start talking shit again. But dont think these comments were backing down cos they werent because of the people that replied

          • KOBY

            HAHHAHAHAH I WILL PAY THAT.
            GET A LIFE.

          • KOBY

            HAHHAHAHAHAHHAHA

    • Stu Azole

      Totally agree. This comp had nobody in it. Congrats to a guy winning a sh8t comp in his own backyard.

  • James B

    Go, Mason!!

  • poopoobrown

    Seems like old Michael Ho may have a bit of a drinking problem eh?

  • .,

    This isnt a triple crown, its only a 4 star. Why all the commotion over a 4 star event? Mason rips tho, good to see him get a win anyway

    • dawson

      its hawaii mate. things are a lil different over there. aint just a fourstar at burleigh point on the gold coast. hawaii is serious waves, serious boards and serious surfers. Viva Mason

      • .,

        Woah, seems like you didnt like me congratulating Mason. Im just pointing out it isnt the triple crown like stab said it was. Sick win though, hes having a pretty decent run on the QS this year!

  • loves2surf

    So happy for Mason. Long live the Ho dynasty!

  • Nickolas Carlisle

    Good human being for sure. Much respect thanks for making it fun.

  • Braless boy

    It’s great that koby no longer hangs around Maroubra. One of the dumbest people on the planet. Can’t wait till all the scumbag bra boys move on when they get rid of the housing commission at Lexo. Koby you’re a bloody tool.

    • KOBY

      YOU KNOW ME AND THE BOYS AT STAB ARE CLOSE BRAINS.. ITS EASY TO FIND WHERE U POSTING FROM BRAINS.. KEEP LIPPY.

      • Stu Azole

        LOL, I’m sure Stab would want a part of that mess. Internet threats are the best.

        • KOBY

          IM THE ONLY ONE ON HERE SHOWING MY FACE.

          THE REST TALK SHIT UNDER GUEST AND BRALESS BOY..

          AWESOME KIDS.

          SAYS ALOT.

          • Stu Azole

            Truth is, everyone here is taking the piss out of you and you’re too stupid to recognize it. It’s what smarter people do to dumber people (like strong and weak, but of the mind not body). But at least you’ve got two houses.

            Joke – what did one 60 year old bra boy say to the other? Answer: remember when we had two houses? Yeah, that was rad. Now we’ve just got these shit tats on our chest.

      • Guest

        hahaha you really are dumb aren’t you. You cant fucking track a house down from disquis dipshit. Not only that what scumbag wants to find out where a anonymous user is posting from. You, and obviously you are a scum bag, an oxygen stealing gutter dweller, who threatens people over the internet. Im sure your mum is proud of you for that

        • KOBY

          ARE YOU THE GUY ON HIS DEATH BED?
          ABOVE? IM SORRY IM IN A BAD WAY, I DONT NEED THIS RIGHT NOW???
          HAHAHAHHAHAHA U FUKN LOSER…

          • tbay

            This is coming from a youth suicide ambassador……

      • Braless boy

        Well obviously I’m posting this from Maroubra. That’s why I know you’re a tool and why I know that 99% of the bra boys are nothing but a group of chest beating Neanderthals.
        I’m guessing you were pretty jealous that mark Mathews and Richie vas got their own show on fuel? Did it hurt that a show about guys from Maroubra didn’t even mention you? And because I do have “BRAINS”, I can see that they didn’t because if they did mention you no-one would have watched. I think it’s hilarious that people from Maroubra talk so much shit about you. The bra boys are the ones who are lippy dickhead. You must be spewing that those lips are no longer around your dick.

        You want to know what the worst thing about being from Maroubra is? When I tell people I’m from Maroubra I straight away have to back that comment up by saying I’m not one of those bra boy fuckwits.

        No need to reply, i can predict what you’ll say. “YOUR DED BRAH, IM SO TUFF AND U ARNT. ME AND MA BOYS R GUNNA GET YA. GET FUKD YA DIKHED”

        • KOBY

          IM DISTRAUGHT THEY HAVE THERE OWN SHOW HAHAHHAAH.
          I LOVE AND IM PROUD OF ALL MY BROTHERS, I GO OUT OF MY WAY TO MAKE IT BIGGER AND TO MAKE ANYTHING THEY NEED HAPPEN.
          YOU FUKN IDIOT, MAN UP COWARD.
          U KNOW WHO I REALLY AM.
          JUST SIGN IN UNDER FB U GUTLESS FUKN DOG.
          PLEASE….

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  • guest

    yay mayson

  • Harvey Wiz

    MASSSSSSSSSSSSE

  • graytoday

    you douchebag, you. I love it. Its great to be champ.

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