Mason Ho Wins The HIC Pro At Sunset Beach

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Dusty Payne. Photo: LaSerena Media

Mason Ho Wins HIC Pro; Follows Father’s Famous Footsteps At Sunset Beach

Mason Also Crowned 2013 Asp Hawaii Regional Champion; Wins Round of 64 Wildcard Into Vans Triple Crown Of Surfing

SUNSET BEACH, OAHU, HAWAII – (Nov. 9, 2013) — With the DNA of a Sunset Beach surfing champion, 25-year-old Mason Ho followed his father Michael’s legendary footprints to post his first ASP victory in the HIC Pro. His dad won this particular event four times between 1988 and 1996, and now Mason becomes the 30th name on the HIC Pro winner’s cup. His win earns him $15,000; takes him to No.1 on the ASP Hawaii regional rankings; and earns him a wildcard into the Round of 64 of the first two events of the prestigious Vans Triple Crown of Surfing that starts next Tuesday.

Mason will now be hoping his dream run of today continues with a dream finish in the Vans Triple Crown. His dad was the original Triple Crown champion back in 1983… 30 years ago, and won the Vans World Cup of Surfing 3X from 1983-85.

Ho fended off a late challenge in the final from veteran Pancho Sullivan (Sunset Beach, 40), as the two traded off tube rides and deep carves – posting 16.26 and 13 points respectively, for their top two rides. Ho had the highest single wave score of the final – an 8.93 for his tube ride. Third place was Evan Valiere (Kauai, 29 – 8.6 points). Fourth was Gavin Gillette (Kauai, 27 – 4.57 points).

“It feels great to win in front of all my best friends and all the people that I walk past every day,” said Ho. “It’s always been a goal in my life to win contests, but to do it here at home… I’ve never really won a (world tour contest) before and I’ve been doing it for years, so I’m really happy. I already was in but I didn’t have a top seed and I’ve always wanted that going into the Triple Crown. Momentum’s always nice.”

The island of Oahu was under a deluge of rain and flood warnings, yet an eery break in the clouds over Sunset Beach kept the crowd dry for the duration of the final. There was plenty to cheer about with an all-Hawaii final and two of Sunset’s favorite sons in the water. None cheered louder than Michael Ho, for his son, elated to share an experience he knows so well.

Equal fifth after semi-final losses were Maui’s Dusty Payne, and Haleiwa’s Joel Centeio. Equal 7th in the event were Torrey Meister (Haleiwa), and lone Australian Mitch Coleborn (Queensland). The HIC Pro was a local qualifier for the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing. Nine regional surfers will qualify once final seedings and ratings have been calculated. All eyes now turn to the Vans Triple Crown, which potentially starts Tuesday, November 12, at Haleiwa Ali’i Beach – home of the REEF Hawaiian Pro.


RESULTS
1st. ($15,000) – Mason Ho, 25, Sunset Beach, Oahu – (points)
2nd. ($7,500) – Pancho Sullivan, 40, Sunset Beach, Oahu
3rd. ($5,000) – Evan Valiere, 29, Kilauea, Kauai
4th. ($3,500) – Gavin Gillette, 27, Kilauea, Kauai

Semi-Finals: (1st & 2nd advance; 3rd=5th; 4th=7th)
SF1: Evan Valiere (HI); Gavin Gillette (HI); Dusty Payne (HI); Torrey Meister (HI)
SF2: Mason Ho (HI); Pancho Sullivan (HI); Joel Centeio (HI); Mitch Coleborn (AUS)

Quarter Finals: (1st & 2nd advance; 3rd=9th; 4th=13th)
QF1: Dusty Payne (HI); Evan Valiere (HI); Ezekiel Lau (HI); Skip McCullough (USA)
QF2: Gavin Gillette (HI); Torrey Meister (HI); Gregg Nakamura (HI); Ian Walsh (HI)
QF3: Mason Ho (HI); Pancho Sullivan (HI); Nathan Yeomans (USA); Isaiah Moniz (HI)
QF4: Joel Centeio (HI); Mitch Coleborn (AUS); Dion Atkinson (AUS); Matt Pagan (USA)

Round of 32: (1st & 2nd advance; 3rd=17th; 4th=25th)
H1: Dusty Payne (HI); Gavin Gillette (HI); Thomas Woods (HI); Kaimana Jaquias (HI)
H2: Evan Valiere (HI); Ian Walsh (HI); Dylan Goodale (HI); Jay Thompson (AUS)
H3: Torrey Meister (HI); Ezekiel Lau (HI); Jake Davis (USA); Cooper Chapman (AUS)
H4: Gregg Nakamura (HI); Skip McCullough (USA); Deivid Silva (BRA); Ian Gentil (HI)
H5: Isaiah Moniz (HI); Matt Pagan (USA); Liam McNamara (HI); Flynn Novak (HI)
H6: Mason Ho (HI); Mitchel Coleborn (AUS); Garrett Parkes (AUS); Jack Freestone (AUS)
H7: Dion Atkinson (AUS); Nathan Yeomans (USA); Tanner Hendrickson (HI); Kekoa Bacalso (HI)
H8: Joel Centeio (HI); Pancho Sullivan (HI); Steven Pierson (PYF); Kiron Jabour (HI)

Round of 64: Remaining heats held over from last day of competition.
(1st & 2nd advance; 3rd=33rd; 4th=49th)
H14: Nathan Yeomans (USA); Pancho Sullivan (HI); Makuakai Rothman (HI); Jano Belo (BRA)
H15: Steven Pierson (PYF); Kekoa Bacalso (HI); Tom Dosland (HI); Ian Gouveia (BRA)
H16: Joel Centeio (HI); Dion Atkinson (AUS): Yan Daberkow (BRA); TJ Barron (HI)

About HIC – Hawaiian Island Creations:
Hawaii’s biggest and best selection of surf gear – since 1971 HIC has provided Hawaii with quality surfboards, skateboards, clothing and accessories – by surfers, for surfers. Locally owned and operated, the HIC retail chain includes 13 stores across Oahu, Maui and Hawaii and two in Japan. Through a commitment to quality, service and aloha spirit, the brand has built a reputation as an icon of Hawaiian surfing recognized throughout the world. Enjoy the ride! Official HIC PRO event gear available at HIC stores in Hawaii and hicsurf.com

About Vans Surf:
Vans®, a VF Corporation (NYSE: VFC) brand, is the original action sports footwear and apparel brand. Vans collections include authentic footwear, apparel, accessories and snowboard boots that are sold globally in more than 170 countries through a network of subsidiaries, distributors and foreign offices. VF Outdoor, Inc. owns and operates more than 300 stores of the Vans brand in the United States and internationally, each offering a wide range of Vans footwear and apparel while communicating the brand and athletes’ rich stories. The Vans brand promotes action sports lifestyle and youth culture through support of athletes on boards and bikes all over the globe and through progressive events such as the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing®, the Vans Downtown Showdown, the Vans Pool Party, the Vans Warped Tour® and the Vans US Open of Surfing. More information about the Vans brand can be found at www.vans.com, Twitter @vans_66 and www.facebook.com/vans.