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Coco Ho

Coco Ho

From: North Shore, Oahu
Age: 22

@xococoho on Instagram!

DOB: 04/28/1991
Birthplace: North Shore, Oahu
Currently living: Sunset Beach, Hawaii
Sponsors: Volcom, Nike, Swatch, and Mayhem Surfboards, Moskova
Website: www.xococoho.com

What do you love most about being a pro surfer, and what's the toughest part?
I love being able to travel the world doing something I love! There are a lot of obligations that make the job hard but at the end of the day no matter what I remind myself I am having fun doing my job, so in love :)

How do you mentally prepare yourself for a contest?
I don't like to mentally overdo myself so I try to take it lightly. There are several things I must do before events - sleep early, eat light, surf the contest site before the event...and I think just doing those few things get me into the mindset that I am ready. It's all about my surfing on the day and not anyone else's in the heat.

How do you describe your surfing style?
I hope my style of surfing comes across as grateful, powerful and progressive. I mean, that is what I am for for sure. Haha!

What do you like to do during your down time (when you're not surfing)?
When I'm not surfing - well it depends on where I am. During an event anywhere in the world I take it super mellow...probably spend more time than ever watching TV show, on Skype or taking it easy laughing all days with friends between free surfs. I don't like to over exert too much energy on off days during an event. Not during an event/at home between surfs I enjoy doing anything active - I can't not be doing something active for too long.

How long have you been on the women;s tour and how enjoyable is it?
I've been on tour now for five years and it's been one heck of a ride! I've learned so much ever since graduating high school and living my life on tour - traveling, learning to lose, learning to win, work with media, compete continuously and still be human!!! It is very enjoyable being able to surf around the world on such a platform that ASP gives us!

What's more inspiring to you at this moment, love and happiness or money and fame?
Love and happiness!!! Because with that comes success, which leads to money and fame I guess? And even if that philosophy of mine is incorrect, who needs money and fame when they've got happiness??!

What charities are you involved in?
The Boys and Girls Club of Hawaii. Such an amazing organization - it simply gives kids another place they belong. I love being someone younger kids can spend time with and look up to because I am one who was always so driven and inspired by others, whether it be someone I watched on movies or got to meet and actually hang around! I want to be that positive influence that helps the kids believe in their potential. That's all it really takes :)

Is there any place in the world you have not yet surfed but have always wanted to?
Tahiti! It's only five hours away form my home I don't know how I haven't been yet!!

What's the secret to your fit body?
Everything in moderation! I am an athlete so I treat my body like one. I eat proper meals - try my best to limit sweets and what isn't good for me but I am also human so I've learned.. "everything in moderation!" I also believe in doing something active every day - if I don't surf I definitely have to make up for it somewhere else, but I think that's also my personality. I've also just realized how much I am beginning to like yoga!

Fancy restaurant or local night club?
Fancy restaurant! I am all about good food!

What makes Volcom Women's so unique?
Volcom Women's is so unique because it covers every aspect of women's fashion - it's edgy, it can be very girly, athletic, fancy, casual and fun!!!

What do you wan the girls out there reading to never forget?
Hold your ground for what you believe in, be passionate in all you do, always remember there is someone out there to make proud, and never ever...for any reason, lose your dignity!!!

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Photoshoot with Coco Ho in Hawaii!

One afternoon in Sunset Beach Hawaii, Miss Coco Ho picked me up for a quick photoshoot on the beach…We only had an hour to shoot but went overtime as we were having so much fun! What a gorgeous girl, it was tough to put my camera away and say goodbye..till next time Coco! Elle xxx @hellgreen
Womens

Catching up with pro surfer Coco Ho

Currently ranked #7 in the world, pro surfer Coco Ho trades the warm water surf of Hawaii for the South West Coast of France to compete in seventh stop of the ASP World Tour. Before she left, we caught up with this young surf star with a few questions on France, the comp and what her goals are - check it out. Who are you traveling with? I am here in Europe this year with my Dad. It's been awesome he hasn't been to Hossegor in quite sometime so seeing and hearing about all the changes is a history lesson every drive! What helps you get through the long flight? TV shows! I always travel with a season of something. Most of my personal favorites are on break or finished (Pretty Little Liars) so I've been watching Californication. I love music a lot too- I can just listen, dissect lyrics and sleep and be so satisfied. What boards did you bring with you? I have quite the arrangement here- starting from 5'9.5, 5'7.5, 5'6 and a few different variations of my normal short board a 5'5. All shaped by the master, Matt Biolos! What's your favorite stop on tour? My favorite stop on tour might have to the first- Snapper rocks. I love the town of Coolangatta I've been going since I was 13-years-old, so many of my friends there are like family. I obviously really love the wave as well and my hotel room right in front of the break, hehe! What do you love about France? France to me is one of those places you learn to love with age and experience. Every time I come here I learn about new places, more about the culture and makes it so much more enjoyable. Do you always stay in the same place every year? I don't stay the same place every year and I think that's a good thing because I experience a new place each time. I have a great friend, Jeremy Flores, who lives in Capbreton which was nice to stay because it had more of a "homey" feel just outside of Hossegor. But, my last two trips here I’ve stayed right on the Lake perfectly in between the town and ocean both a 5 minute walk each way! Balance;) What are your goals for this contest? Because these are the last two contests of the year I am setting my standards beyond the usual "quarters or better." I want to be in the semis or finals in both France and Portugal and I am going to head down and work for it. Who are you favorite girls to free surf with on tour? My favorite girls to freesurf with are probably my closest friends on tour - Laura, Alana, Steph and Carissa. I love free surfing with Sally as well, we always push each other and have good conversations! Haha. C'mon we're girls…good conversation is a must for a fun session;) The Roxy Pro France event waiting period begins September 24th, stay tuned.