Posted August 31, 2015
We had a chance to catch up with our surf rockstar, Coco Ho, and ask her some questions. Here's what our girl had to say...
Which waves/ spots currently on tour best showcase a surfers potential?
I think different waves/locations on tour show strengths and weaknesses for every individual, but it seems every year the divide gets smaller and smaller, every surfer on tour these days is so well rounded in all types of waves and locations.
Is there a wave that better showcases women’s vs mens?
Men definitely shine in waves of consequence like Tahiti and Pipeline and the women have really been stepping it up and showing the world how good they are at waves like Snapper and Bells. I think having events together the women have learned a lot from the men's tour in regards to innovative and progressive surfing in heats. These days it's not uncommon to see women throwing down big combos and airs in heats.
Name the most impressive moment on tour that’s happened so far this year (mens or women’s)?
To be honest the most impressive moment would have to be what happened in the final at J-Bay. Impressive to see that another competitor, in this case Julian Wilson, putting their own life in jeopardy to save another competitor. This showcased how deep all the men and women's friendships are on this tour. To be put in a situation like that and what their natural instincts were in that moment - that's true heroism and that to me is the most impressive moment in surf to date, period.
What is one note/ word of encouragement or advice you give to every single person you work with?
"POSITIVE reinforcement” I really want to instil in every surfer I work with a very strong self belief in their ability, no matter what the conditions are like or what score they need. That trust needs to come from them being confident in their own decision making. Having good preparation and sticking to a solid routine will see you compete at your best…..
Training, do you do it? Ratio of training to actual surfing?
Yes train the body and the mind. The tour is gruelling and you need to stay on top of your health if you are going to succeed also eating heathy is a must.
Actual surfing is the best training you can do, but to get the edge then you need to work hard whether it be full on gym sessions, Swimming, Yoga etc …….. "hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard”
Name three toughest waves on tour to wire?
The Box (Margaret River), Chopes ( Tahiti), Pipeline (Hawaii)
The three most fierce women’s competitors on the tour right now?
Sally Fitzgibbons, Carissa Moore and Courtney Conlogue