After a public vote to determine the final three contestants, Michael Ho has been granted a spot in the “Clash of the Legends” heat at Haleiwa during the first event of the Triple Crown (the Reef Hawaiian Pro). After automatically including last year’s champ Sunny Garcia, Reef decided to let the public vote in what legends they wanted to see surf in the event. Along with Michael the two other surfers in the heat are Kaipo Jaquias and Brad Gerlach.
Needles to say Mike has more than earned his stripes in Hawaiian competition, “On the North Shore he was a competitive force for more than 25 years: a five-time Pipeline Masters finalist (winning in 1982, even though hobbled by a cast on his right wrist); an eight-time Duke finalist (winning in 1978 and 1981); a four-time winner of the Xcel Pro (1988, 1990, 1991, and 1996); a two-time Triple Crown winner (1983 and 1985); and a four-time competitor in the Quiksilver in Memory of Eddie Aikau big-wave event at Waimea (finishing fourth in 1990). In one of pro surfing’s most remarkable competitive achievements, the 40-year-old Ho finished runner-up in the 1997 Pipeline Masters”. – ENCYCLOPEDIAOFSURFING.COM
The contest starts November 12th. Tune in at VANSTRIPLECROWNOFSURFING.COM/REEFHAWAIIANPRO2013 to watch Michael and Mason (who’s in the main event).