It’s officially Summer here in the UK, meaning I’m currently dreaming of beach adventures and travelling to sunny foreign shores, so it seems fitting that The Wild Ones feature should begin with none other than professional surfer and Hawaiian beauty Coco Ho!
Born and raised on the beautiful North Shore coastline of Oahu, Hawaii, to a family of professional surfers, being in the ocean was always going to be a huge part of Coco’s life. Inspired by her older brother (pro surfer Mason Ho), Coco began surfing at 7 years old and by the time she turned 8, had already earned her first sponsorship. In the years that followed, Coco’s hard work and dedication to the sport enabled her to qualify for the ASP Women’s World Championship Tour at age just 17. She has since gone on to become one of the best and most loved female surfers in the World, dividing her time between her home in Haleiwa, Hawaii and touring the greatest surf spots on the planet. When she’s not in the water, Coco also volunteers at the Boys and Girls Club of Hawaii, hanging out with younger kids and inspiring them to pursue and follow their dreams.
Her love and dedication to surfing and the way in which she lives her life and aims to inspire others, is why I asked Coco to feature in The Wild Ones. Coco recently took the time out in between competing, to chat to me about her inspiration, dreams for the future and of course, surfing!
Hey Coco! Where are you in the world at the moment and what are you doing? Home! In Hawaii ? Transitioning from competing for the last 6 months to going on my first free-surf trip this year in two days. Very excited about that!
I know your brother was a big inspiration for you as you were growing up and learning to surf. Who else inspires you and why? No doubt my brother will always be my biggest inspiration. In surfing I also have always admired and loved Stephanie Gilmore. Although she became a friend when I was just 13, I always admired the way she carried herself, surfed, lived life- the whole nine yards. People sometimes think inspirations have to be really far fetched people but sometimes the most important ones are family and friends.
What has been your biggest achievement? Qualifying for the world tour at just 17 and still being on tour at 25 has to be my biggest achievement. I had a World Tour win in my rookie season, finals, and a few QS victories, but to stay steady with my career with the focus, passion, and sacrifices you have to make to be there and still live and enjoy my late teens and early twenties is something I am most proud of.