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Hawaii's Ho Dynasty Remains Intact

Michael & Mason Ho paddle out for The Quiksilver In Memory of Eddie Aikau 2014 opening ceremony. It's not easy growing up in Michael Ho's shadow. Nevertheless, Mason Ho has done an incredible job making a name for himself, securing the Ho Family dynasty. WSL / Kelly Cestari

Mason Ho enjoyed growing up on Oahu's North Shore knowing he was part of surfing royalty. Between his dad, Michael Ho, and uncle, Derek Ho, the family trophy case was already stuffed with six Triple Crowns, three Pipe Masters helmets, a World Title bowl, and hundreds of other titles. There was never a question of whether Mason and his little sister Coco were going to be surfers, the only question was how dominant they'd be.

Mason Ho's 9 point ride during the finals of the Vans presented by HIC pro, Sunset Beach Like his father Mike, Mason has a radar lock on any tube section at Sunset. WSL / Keoki Saguibo

On Sunday, Mason secured a huge part of that family legacy with his second big win at Sunset Beach in the HIC Pro. While his uncle Derek is also a former winner of this event, Sunset Beach is the break his father Michael simply owned in his day. Back when the same event was known as the Xcel Pro, Michael Ho won it four times. Add to that his two Duke titles, and dozens of other finals appearances out at Sunset, and you begin to understand why Mike is arguably the most dominant surfer ever there.

Mason Ho wins the Vans presented by HIC pro at sunset beach Mason Ho leans into his favorite section at Sunset en route to his HIC Pro win. WSL / Tony Heff

One of Mike's best kept secrets at Sunset is his positioning, and it's a trait he certainly passed down to Mason, because no pair is better at locking into Sunset's tricky tubes. Whether it's a high-line trip through an outside capper, or pumping through Sunset's cavernous inside bowl, Mason and Mike look like twins these days...and that kind of dominance pays.

Derek Ho in a familiar position. Uncle Derek is a two-time Pipe Master, four-time Triple Crown champ, and oh yeah, he owns a World Title. WSL / Ed Sloane

Mason was his hilarious self on the podium, having learned long ago that getting out of his family's surfing shadow was an impossible task, he decided to become the premier entertainer in the Ho family.

Coco Ho (HAW) tucks into a barrel. One of Mason's favorite roles is being older brother to Coco Ho. WSL / Poullenot/Aquashot

"When I was young I used to try to set my goals to dad and Uncle Derek," Ho said. "I'd combine 'em, beat 'em, throw all my thoughts there. But I realized I do a lot better when I'm not trying."

Hawaii's Mason Ho wins Vans HIC Pro winner on Day 3 Finals of the Vans HIC Pro 2016 Mason is just getting into his contest groove at Sunset, and he seems to be getting used to the podium. WSL / Keoki Saguibo
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