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.