HO, HO, HO MERRY CHRISTMAS
It’s the question you get asked every year. ‘What would you like for Christmas?’ How about one of the best waves in recorded Pipeline history?
That’s exactly what Mason Ho got on December 25 of 2016 when he glided into a Pipe chamber that engulfed his jockey-sized frame. Wearing his trademark short-john, Mason stayed tight in the saddle as he grab-railed into a chasm that made him look like a mouse running the gauntlet through a wombat burrow. John John, Kelly and Jamie O’ were all part of the Pipe Christmas party, but none of them bettered Mason’s yuletide screamer.
While many modern Pipe specialists like to ride shorter boards and knife straight into the inside reef, Mason often prefers a more classical Pipe approach. He will ride a longer gun and sit a little further out from the Pipe posse, waiting for bigger waves that give him the opportunity to chip in from the second reef and backdoor the barrel as it roars through the inside shelf. Mason told Tracks he calls these growling, second reef pits ‘Gorilla Bowls’ and that he focuses on them every winter in and out of the contests. Not surprisingly Mason’s Christmas gift has been touted as the favourite for Surfline’s prestigious Wave of The Winter Award.
“After his wave all the surfers and photographers in the line up were kind of excited coz we knew that we just watched the wave of the winter until that day,” suggested photog Pedro Gomes.
The ride will be hard to surpass but even if Mason doesn’t claim the prize, he will still remember the wave as the best Christmas present he’s ever had.