Making novelty look legit is peak Mason. Video: Ho/Pringle
Ok, But When Did Val's Reef Become An Actual Wave?
Mason Ho doing what he does best.
Those who have spent any amount of time on Oahu's North Shore are familiar with a break called Val's Reef.
To be more specific, Val's is a small slab of rock near the shorebreak at Sunset Beach. It typically serves as a barrier to entry/exit on big days, or during the Triple Crown, a last-resort for QSers to tack an extra .2 points on their final wave.
Picture the Huntington-hop to shorebreak slam, but on a 6'9 instead of a 5'10—v sad.
What Val's is not, generally, is a spot that's surfed in and of itself. Leave it to Sunset Beach resident Mason Ho to change that.
Recently, Mase stumbled upon an afternoon session that made Val's look like a legitimate wave. There were double-ups, ramps, turns sections, even a clean little tube that Mason threaded to perfection.
Suffice to say, we'll now be checking Val's on the smaller days this North Shore winter...even if we have to take an outrigger canoe to get there.