Ho's shuck and jive vs Fanning's hooligan pride!
Here, we see Mason Ho belly-bang the three-time world surfing champion Mick Fanning at Lowers in a wild showdown that pits Ho’s shuck and jive against Fanning’s hooligan pride.
Ho, thirty-three, and Fanning, forty, are a whooshing flash among the late-autumn gloom, leaving spectators’ mouths flapping mutely.
The waves are of a good size, clean, and both surfers go for the “kill shot”.
Fanning is magnificent although little Mason Ho’s jackknifing appeals to me more.
No Great Whites, those supercharged Pontiacs that patrol the region, were spotted during the sessions filmed although they would’ve examined our heroes’ limbs from the grey depths.
There is an added poignancy to this short film when we see Ho gifted a lesson in board decoration by the great Drew Brophy, the iconic surf artist who is in a coma after being hit by COVID (help out with his medical bills here.)