Leave it to Mason Ho to bring us back to Earth and give us a surf-stoked reality check. The waves we've seen ridden in Portugal and Ireland this week were straight up monsters. When the spray eventually settles and proper analysis is given, we could be looking at the "biggest ever ridden" scenarios, thanks in particular to Andrew Cotton's wave at Nazare and Conor Maguire's at Mullaghmore Head.
But true to his fun-loving form, Mason just offered us a more civilian iteration of surfing epicness. Ahh, Tahiti. It's fair to say that 99-percent of us don't dream of riding 80-foot North Atlantic death bombs, while almost all surfers readily embrace the dream of a tropical island with warm water and perfect barrels. And in Mason's newest YouTube edit, we get plenty of that.
Before the pandemic derailed the WSL season, Mason topped the podium at the Air Tahiti Rangiroa Pro last March. Surfing with the stoke-infused fun that we've become accustomed to seeing from the Hawaiian hero, there doesn't appear to be much different to his approach with our without a jersey. When it's hollow and perfect, he knows exactly what to do.
"I'm so stoked, I did not expect winning any QS events this year," said Ho at the time. "I mean it's always the plan, it's been a plan for life, but to actually do it is such a cool feeling and just to travel to a special place like Tahiti and get a result, let alone win, has always been a dream of mine."
Tahiti, it's the kind of place where dreams do indeed come true.