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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15 Responses to “North Shore Underground: The Hank Episode”

  1. Dennis says:

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

  2. boyd says:

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

  3. sentero says:

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

  4. RipperShreader! says:

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

  5. Viola says:

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

  6. Malia says:

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

  7. Kara says:

    Hank is one of the best surfers I know of.

    Please sponsor him, he deserves it!

  8. Howly says:

    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.

  9. Beezeer says:

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

  10. Auntie says:

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

  11. Elsa says:

    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!

  12. jen says:

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

  13. Pete de Seattle says:

    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?

  14. Robert Gaskell says:

    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.

  15. Eric says:

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

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