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Mason Ho’s North Shore Threesome

All photos by Brent Bielmann

A Winter on the North Shore ain’t always truck-sized tubes and third reef Pipe – and Mason Ho knows this. So when we asked the Oahu native to pick out a three-board quiver that would best suit his home turf, he gave us an eccentric few chunks of foam (and a couple good laughs). Let Mason explain the batch of …Lost blades he so carefully selected and the reasons behind each one.

Mason Ho
27 // North Shore, Oahu
5’9”, 147 lbs.

Board 1
Use: When it’s firing
Shaper/model: Matt Biolos/Mho gun
Dimensions: 7’1” x 18.88” x 2.33”
Volume: The load
Board material: PU with carbon strips on bottom doing something cool
Fin setup/model: Thruster/FCS2 and glass-ons

Where do you surf this board? Sunset, Pipeline, Backdoor, Haleiwa and it’s good for the truck when other sides of the island are mack. What makes this board work well when it’s firing? Its girth. Any other reasons you picked this board? Sometimes, when I’m on the beach looking at big crazy waves, I get this kinda “whoooaa” feeling. When I grab this board that feeling goes away completely and changes into a weird/fun attack mode.

Board 2
Use: Day-to-day
Shaper/model: Matt Biolos/Looks like it says “mg rad” on the bottom. Not positive. Maybe Mho model?
Height: 5’9.5” x 18.5” x 2.25”
Volume: Baby load
Board material: Normal everything
Fin setup/model: Thruster/…Lost template FCS2

Where do you surf this board? All breaks in the Hawaiian Islands. What characteristics make this a good day-to-day board? It just looks so perfect, the curves and everything. It’s almost fake. Then you actually feel it and it’s like “Awwwweeee…I love you, board. I can’t believe you’re miiiine.” That’s what this one does. Any other reasons you picked this board? All my stickers and wax are on it.

Board 3
Use: When it’s tiny
Shaper/model: Matt Biolos/Pelagic Fish
Dimensions: 5’4” x 19.25” x 2.26”
Volume: Small kine load
Board material: Normal
Fin setup/model: All and more/the weirder the better

Where do you surf this board? Rock Pile, Rocky Point, sandbars, V-Land, Town and all in between. What characteristics make this a good board when it’s small? When the waves look bad and I’m not super motivated to go out, I’ll put this board under my arm and then WWHHHAAAAMMM!, some weird feeling hits and makes me feel like I’m blowing it that I’m not out there. Any other reasons you picked this board? Because it does something to my brain that helps me have a lot of fun in small or bad surf