Girl: Coco Ho

posted by / Magazine / August 27, 2013

"It’s a waste of time to be bummed on something, considering the amount of time that we have in this world."

"It’s a waste of time to be bummed on something, considering the amount of time that we have in this world."

Lady in white.

Lady in white.

It's all fun and games... until you surf against Sally Fitzgibbons.

It's all fun and games... until you surf against Sally Fitzgibbons.


 

Current Issue 22 years old // Sunset Beach, HI

You gotta love them Hos. From Papa Mike to Uncle Derek to brother Mason, Coco has something in common with each of her distinguished relatives: a smile that just won’t quit. The Roxy Pro in Biarritz has proved stubborn because the waves…well, there are absolutely none. No storm clouds over Coco’s head, though. It’s France and Coco knows that every glass of pinot noir is always half-full. At least that’s what her brother taught her. Recently, Coco’s applying Mason’s sunny attitude to her own ambitions on the Women’s ‘CT. And through some good results and a few tough beats, that cup might eventually runneth over. Or at the least, get topped off by a win. —Beau Flemister

COCO: This is my fifth year on tour and while I haven’t gotten all of the results I’ve wanted, I feel like I’m surfing my best. I think that it’s better to lose and feel good about yourself than to get a good result but feel like you’re surfing badly. My surfing is still elevating and I’d really like to make more finals. I think it’ll all fall into place soon.

I have a little rivalry with Sally [Fitzgibbons]. We qualified the same year and then battled the rest of it. Since then, she’s literally gotten me on five buzzer beaters. I’m not kidding, [laughs] there’ll be, like, a tenth of a second left and she’ll catch one to beat me.

I think that every little sister’s goal in life should be to make their family proud, or your big brother proud. It’s so fulfilling. Every accomplishment, every good result has stemmed from trying to make them proud. My brother and I are really close. My other friends that have brothers don’t get it and tell me that they fight all the time, but I could never say that. He’s never really done anything cruel to me. The worst thing he’s ever done was tell me that my donut was poisonous so that he could eat it. [laughs]

Since my brother barely ever gets mad, it makes me think that I need to be more like him. It helps me realize that it’s a waste of time to be bummed on something, considering the amount of time that we have in this world. That’s just how I see it now — half-full, no matter what.

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21 Responses to “Girl: Coco Ho”

  1. sam says:

    always so deep. If my daughter’s goal in life is to please me and her brother, I’ve failed miserably.

  2. Kenny says:

    “always so deep. If my daughter’s goal in life is to please me and her brother, I’ve failed miserably.”

    Maybe generations of that kind of thinking is why neither you nor members of your family have excelled to be at the top of whatever their given pursuit is. Excellence breeds excellence. You my friend and your offspring wallow in mediocrity.

  3. sam says:

    LOL Kenny. Pleasing others is no way to go through life. What happens after her mediocre pro career is over? Does she move on to please her husband? Is she still working to please daddy and brother when she’s 40 or 50 or 60 (all with no education or skills outside the water, but that’s a different discussion)?

    I guess this is all good as long as you’re not interested in seeing her live life for herself. Like I said, if my adult daughter ends up living her life to please me, I’ve failed as a father.

  4. Center Line says:

    Her goals in her life. People change, priorities and thinking change. She loves her family and is able to do something she loves in life.

  5. sam says:

    so what? No problem with loving your family. Problem is living for your family. If I’m Mike Ho and I read this, I’m no longer traveling with Coco. I’m no longer managing her. I’m turning into nothing more than dad again. How many fathers go to work with their adult children in the real world? Surfing’s a perverse, backwards world, where former legends insist on living through their children because they’ve got nothing else to do. Dino, Mike Ho, Beschen, Richy Collins, Pete Mel – the list goes on and on.

  6. DM says:

    Wow Sam, you were able to get that insight from just those couple paragraphs; it sounds like you had some “daddy issues” growing up; maybe little league/high school baseball didn’t workout; pop warner/high school football didn’t go far; or you were some up and coming NSSA/WQS surfer that didn’t get on the ‘CT and dad was living vicariously through you! I don’t know Sam … just an observation; anyhow I don’t even know you and you definitely don’t know Coco so it would be unfair to make those assumptions right??? In either case, I feel it’s great she gets along with her bro, dad, uncle; whoever and I don’t think it necessarily means she trying to please them incessantly; hell, we got brothers, sisters, fathers, mothers killing each other (e.g. murder suicides, etc.)so it’s refreshing to here a good article like this. Man, I tell you, someone always has to find something negative in something that has no trace of negativity at all!!!

  7. sam says:

    her quote was “I think that every little sister’s goal in life should be to make their family proud, or your big brother proud.” I don’t have to infer anything. Her dad’s goal should be to raise her to make herself proud. Her goal should be to make herself proud. Making others proud should be a bi-product of the above, not the goal itself. And for what it’s worth, my dad and I are solid, but thanks. He’s proud of me, but not because I live my life to please him.

  8. DM says:

    Coco’s happy, Mike Ho’s happy, Derek Ho’s happy, Mason Ho’s happy; They’re all happy except for you cause your convinced Coco’s hapiness shouldn’t be the product of making other people happy!… there’s a little thing called “altruism”; where people’s hapiness is derived from a direct result of ther actions/accomplishments making other people happy (e.g. fathers, mothers, brother, family, etc.). I don’t disagree with your position on attaining hapiness, it’s just that yours isn’t the “end all/be-all” means of the way people should arrange their goals in life! and b.t.w. I’m happy that you and dad are solid; maybe Coco and her dad and the other pro surfers/surfer’s kids you mentioned earlier are aolid too … they just do it in a different way! that’s all!

  9. Center Line says:

    It isn’t anybody’s business except Coco’s and her family. But, this post was posted for everybody to judge. Keep up the comments.

  10. sam says:

    In 10 years, after her midling career is over, she’ll simply be known as Miike’s daughter. Which is a shame.

    And no, DM, the problem with all this is that pro surfers typically have no skills other than surfing. No education, no real job experience, no handle on the real world. Which is why you see former pros following their kids around as they become the same thing. Carissa, Kolohe, Kalani David, JJF, Coco etc. all have a controlling parent in common.

  11. bruce says:

    sam: get off the glue !! your such a dick …. co co ho will be known for who she is and thats hawaiin royalty … if you really know surfing and esp. hawaiin surfers you will understand this….. she can make her family proud and still be her own person!!! if mike travels with her and manages her career the more power too them… shows there a good family which i think you may not have had in your life… so Sam…. GET A GRIP !

  12. Sliding Sense says:

    The entire Ho family, along with the Beschen family have been so stoned out of their minds for so long, along with bagging the most insane barrels the North Shore forever, they are al damn happy.

  13. sam says:

    Sorry Bruce, you’re wrong. Without looking, who were the 16 girls on tour 10 years ago and where are they now?

  14. joe shmo says:

    sam your a koook…I know the hos and your an idiot. come to north shore with that attitude. you will enjoy your vaca

  15. sam says:

    that’ll show me, hey joe? Won’t change the fact that Coco’s about to peak in life, but hey, she’ll still have years to please here daddy and brother!

  16. Nick says:

    Sam, are you from Hawaii? I kinda think you’d “get it” if you were. The culture there is different. Why not just be happy for her that she’s happy. I think it’s totally cool that she loves her older brother like that. :-)

  17. Mik says:

    @sam: thnx for taking the “Troll of the year” curse off my shoulders.

    idiot.

  18. GEOFF says:

    “It’s a waste of time to be bummed on something, considering the amount of time that we have in this world.” –> the caption under the first picture, and words SAM could certainly benefit from if his head wasn’t up his ass.

  19. Kyle says:

    Hey Sam, I think you’ve read into this a little too much and have assumed too much. Coco simply said she wants to make her family proud. We don’t know what makes her family proud…maybe her family is proud by simply seeing Coco living a good upstanding life. She never said she’s living to please them…making every decision to please someone (which is not what she said) and making people who love you feel proud of you are two completely different things. I certainly have not made every decision my parents would have liked, but they’re proud of me. I raise my daughter to live HER LIFE and to make wise decisions (that’s part of parenting). I know she won’t always make the same decisions I would…she’s already proven this to me, but she has lived a life that makes me very proud of her. I hope the same can be said for your family as well as the Ho family.

  20. Cal Native says:

    Sam… seems you’re mister know it all and a VERY bitter person, who trolls along looking for things and people to complain about. I bet you’ve never surfed a day in your life, or for that matter never enjoyed a day in your miserable life. Lay off the pipe,
    and keep your negative, stupid comments to yourself.

  21. Theo says:

    “I think that it’s better to lose and feel good about yourself than to get a good result but feel like you’re surfing badly” This could apply to everything in life. Love it!

    Coco ho is inspirational, positive and such an awsome woman :)

    Glass half full all day everyday!

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