This short film, starring Mason Ho and Coco Ho, is extremely confusing, wall-rides, fins-first tube riding, but you quickly learn to ignore the details and just watch the glam cast have fun.
“Mason Ho is a saviour from the fucking corporate, straight-laced, uptight, fucking, pre-planned-interview-answer surfing world we live in today,” says anti-commie shaper Matt Biolos. “He’s everything that people think surfing is, and should be, when you think of all the beautiful stereotypes, like from the fucking Beach Boys to fricken’ Sean Penn to Big Wednesday. Mason is fucking incredibly fun to watch surf two-foot junk and 12-foot Pipeline. He’s what everyone’s selling, without trying. He’s the most real guy out there. We’re fortunate to have him in our lives.”
A movie that engrosses, hypnotizes and clings to the memory long after the final frame
Soli Bailey lays out some booze to cushion his jet lag.
Watch “Junoesque” Solomon Storm Bailey in “I despise the hypocrisy of my immoral peers who parade like Gods of Olympus!”
I’m a sucker for believable, beautifully made, and paralyzingly suspenseful epics about brave people in the middle of the ocean battling overwhelming odds against nature to stay alive, but rarely have I seen one that can hold an audience hostage like Soli… Every element is so perfect that it left me shaking and devastated.
And, it’s a love story, too.
Writes the filmer Morgan Maasen,
“(Ten years ago), I was immediately struck by the incredible demeanour of the teenager. Polite, quiet, but so fiercely determined to make his mark, Soli was rising through the junior ranks and dreaming of make the World Tour. As time went on, we crossed paths countless times in random, far-flung places… but this last year i was bestowed both the pleasure of travel with him to Indonesia to score perfect waves, and to watch his inaugural year competing on the tour. The highs of his performances in incredible surf, and lows of watching him struggle with the complexities – and literal luck – that comes with being a professional surfer, was nothing short of amazing, and as I release this short film, I cannot express how proud I am of this human’s fruition into a young adult.”
Uncle Dez, a man with a big rep. Rory Pringle
Watch: Mason Ho’s tribute to his Uncle Derek, “He was a scientist of fun! Rest in peace, power and love!”
"He was blown out of the barrel more than most will know."
Two weeks ago, the great Derek Ho, brother to Michael, uncle to Mason and Coco, four-time Triple Crown winner, two-time Pipe Master and Hawaii’s first-ever men’s world champ (1993) died, aged fifty-five.
In this twelve-miinte short from Mason Ho and Rory Pringle, we get what Mason describes as a “tiny glimpse into UNCLE D’s final 5 years. All clips were filmed in the last 5 years. You can see he was living life to the fullest till the very end! This man was/is an INCREDIBLE Father, Brother, Uncle, Husband & Friend. Always inspiring people around him and BLOWING MINDS in the water or on land. The first ever Hawaiian World Champion. A scientist of FUN! 100% one of the Kings of Pipeline and was blown out of the barrel more than most will know. We will forever carry on your energy and passion for life and surfing.”
Jackie Doz frisbees; Uncle Kelly watches.
Watch: Pool shark Kelly Slater vs teen prodigies Jackson Dorian and Erin Brooks at Waco tank!
Here’s a real interesting drone study of three surfers, one an eleven-time world champion of forty-eight orbits, and a couple of Hawaiian kids, both just thirteen, all given the same high-ass ramps to riff on at Waco’s American Wave Machines tank.
We see the immortal, Kelly, steel cable legs and heavy shoulders, sleek muscles undulating under his inky skin, peppering the wave with jabs and hooks while little Jackie Doz and Erin Brooks hit the ramp with matador finesse, flying through the air like frisbees.
Kelly, as revealed here, spent two days at the Texas pool with Shane and Jackson Dorian, and with cameos from various up-and-comers.