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.
Surfing is a huge part of your life, but what do you enjoy doing when you’re not surfing? Huge part of my life! That’s why sometimes it is a blessing to be able to step away and enjoy other things 🙂 In the past I’ve been fortunate enough to share some of Mark (McMorris’) world and go snowboard on a lot of my down time. So fun!!! I also enjoy downtime at home and started a new training I am becoming obsessed with- Ginastica Natural. You have to check it out!
Where is your favourite place in the world and why? I know it’s cliché- but definitely home in Hawaii. I’m from the seven mile miracle and for a Surfer it doesn’t get any better than that!
You spent some time volunteering at The Boys & Girls Club of Hawaii which is amazing. Can you tell me a bit about that and how you’re inspiring others? For sure! I started going to the Boys and Girls Club of Hawaii at 17 to simply “hang out.” Some kids didn’t even know what surfing or being on the “World Tour” was but to just be myself and hangout with these kids and inspire them to be persistent in any dream, lit my spark to keep coming back. It was eye opening to see that just being yourself and encouraging the generation below to set goals can do so much.
At 25, you’re already one of the best in the professional surfing circuit! What is your dream for the future /where do you aspire to be?
It’s crazy to think, because I watched a video of myself when I was 15 and they asked “Where do you want to be in 5 years then 10 years,” at 5 years I wanted to be on Tour getting results – In 10 I wanted to have a family of my own, haha! Now that I am 25 I am like oh my gosh I am still a baby! I feel like a have a lot of room for improvement in my surfing and a lot of things I still want to prove. So the next few years I really want to focus solely on my body, ability, and surfing so I can get the results I want to achieve before hanging up the contest jersey. I feel like 30 is the new 20 anyway 😉
If you could give any piece of advice to someone who has a dream, what would it be? Persistence and patience! I know they almost contradict each other, but they well and truly go hand in hand because no matter the goal or dream there is going to be ups and downs. It’s about focusing energy and willingness to fight to obtain it.
Your DAISYV Inspire Bangle says ‘Trust Honor Loyalty Love” – what does this quote mean to you? Everything! It’s my code of conduct. I am very true to all things I love- and hold them with such high respect and pride and that’s kind of what those 4 words express.
And what’s in store for you for the rest of the year? A lot more travel! I still have at least 6 or 7 events left and its only almost July. I just hit 107,000 miles on United for 2016 and I’m not stopping. So trying to keep healthy, happy and positive for the rest of my 2016 🙂
(Isn’t she so awesome)
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