HIC Pro Kicks Off Hawaiian Surfing Season

By on October 31, 2014

With the DNA of a Sunset Beach surfing champion, 25-year-old Mason Ho followed his father Michael’s legendary footprints to post the first ASP victory of his life in the HIC Pro at Sunset Beach this time last year. His father won this very same event four times between 1988 and 1986.

Mason Ho checked all the boxes that HIC Pro has to offer: First and foremost, this event is an ASP World Qualifying Series event that is geared towards servicing local competitors in the Hawaii region; second, it offers vital 4-star ASP ratings points towards qualification for next year’s World Tour; and perhaps even more importantly, it serves as a local qualifier for the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing that will follow immediately on the heels of the HIC Pro.

Last year’s HIC Pro final featured four of Hawaii’s favorites in the final. Ho, veteran Pancho Sullivan, and Kauai pair Evan Valiere and Gavin Gillette.

This year, look for a truly inspired young field of aspirants who are climbing the ranks with an eye on becoming part of Hawaii’s “new order” of professionals. Among them: Kaito Kino (20); Kaulana Apo (16); Kalani David (16); and Kaimana Jaquias (21). Of course, Sunset wouldn’t be Sunset without a handful of seasoned competitors. Among them look for Joel Centeio (31); Evan Valiere (30); Jamie O’Brien (31); Fred Patacchia (32); and Pancho Sullivan (41).

And what about Mason Ho? Thanks to his great results here last year, he is on the road hunting down some Prime-rated events before returning home to Hawaii for the winter. While he won’t be defending his HIC Pro title, he will back in time for the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing, where you can expect he will be on a mission to qualify! – See more at: http://sites.vans.com/eventsites/hicpro/post/2013-recap-and-look-forward-2014/#sthash.pcYEGNuk.dpuf

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