North Shore Underground: The Hank Episode

posted by / Video / January 1, 2011


North Shore Underground

The man they call Hana Hank is, in fact, a man now. He was once a boy, as men tend to be — more specifically an Explorer Boy, in the NSSA, where lanky tween Hank elicited fatherly nods from the grom groomers who said, “That one’s going places, mmmmmmm-hmm.” He jetted about to Samoa and Europe and Sri Lanka and the world was his oyster. But then the world became a clam — shut tight and closed off to Hank when his sponsor said Bonsoir! So Hana Hank is back where he started: in the islands, surfing the waves he knows best, building a case for the release of Hank 2.0. He’s underground — but he’s digging, and he can see daylight.


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  • Dennis

    How many of these guys do you have to get sponsored before Fast Eddie invites you to his BBQ? Blech.

  • boyd

    go maui boy hank he was killing it when he was just agrom at hana manu….

  • sentero

    he’s still killing it…. winning at Sunset Open last week on the last wave! right on Hank!

  • RipperShreader!

    Yes you do deserve it, so much.
    Hank is a triple threat: great surfer, great personality, and a looker!

  • Viola

    That was an awesome video!
    Come visit me in California and we’ll make a crazy one – maybe a little more abstract. You Rip!!

  • Malia

    Yep. Definitely a looker!
    I think he’s off to conquer the world…

  • Kara

    Hank is one of the best surfers I know of.

    Please sponsor him, he deserves it!

  • Howly

    Dont forget that 10 against Slater last year in Pipe Masters. How many unsponsored guys have done that? How many sponsored even? Bust’m down dere’ Hanky Boy.

  • Beezeer

    That kid from Hana is awesome! Where can I buy a pair of slip-ons with Hank’s name on ’em?

  • Auntie

    Hank is a champion all the way. And Handsome. And Well Spoken. And Smooth as Silk on the water.

  • Elsa

    Not only does Hank rip harder than anyone in the water, he has such a holistic approach to surfing beyond just the recognition. He is what every pro surfer should be, so make him a pro!

  • jen

    these episodes are awesome! I want hana hank’s attitude and lifestyle.

  • Pete de Seattle

    The mighty Hana Hank, floating and carving like a dolphin. Just the right amount of flair, wisdom, and a grounded personality to make him a stellar pro. Who wouldn’t want the gentle giant on their side?

  • Robert Gaskell

    I watched Hank win his first national contest at Trestles at age 11 (NSSA mini-grom)and watched him win another (NSSA Menehuni)two years later. He made the finals in almost all,if not all of his contests as an amateur, so he’s no stranger to competition.

  • Eric

    Eh, dis buggah rips! I like buy one HANK back pack already. Hank Gaskell get da Mana!