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Island Classics 6’8 pipeline surfboard shaped for the late Derek Ho (1964-2020). This rare Derek Ho Pro Model surfboard was made in 1991 by Eric Arakawa. Featuring Hawaiian royalty themed Derek Ho/Hawaiian Pro Design laminates and Gotcha/Reef team rider lams. From the same 1991 surfboard quiver which Derek Ho & Gerry Lopez shared a barrel together at Banzai Pipeline (photo sequence courtesy of Paul Cohen, wave commentary below by Gerry Lopez). Derek Ho was the 1993 ASP world champion, 4-time Triple Crown of Surfing Champion, and the first ever native Hawaiian World Champion of Surfing. Brother to champion surfer Michael Ho and uncle to current professional surfers, Mason Ho and Coco Ho. This listing represents a seldom offered opportunity to own a relic of Hawaiian World Champion history.
“This wave was during the most amazing swell I’ve ever seen at the Pipeline. It started, if I recall correctly, on September 2, 1991. That day was a solid 10’+ with 30 wave sets and almost no lulls…it was worth your life just trying to paddle out. The next day was 10′-15′ with cleanup sets rolling through from the 2nd reef…luckily it wasn’t quite as consistent as the day before just bigger. Day 3 was about the same and I believe this wave was from then. The lineup outside is indefinite, basically I’d see one go through that looked good then sit on that spot and wait for it to come again. I picked this one up way outside, Derek caught it further in and mushy like those 2nd reef waves are, he dropped low so I crossed over. Thinking he’d want to do another go-behind, I cut down but Derek didn’t take the opening and by then the wave was hitting the inside and starting to run. Derek locked in right under my rail and the lip pitched out over both of us. Most of the time, Pipeline is a one man wave…this time it was friendly to the both of us. Paul Cohen/photogordinho captured the whole ride and that sure helps recalling the fun of riding it together. I’m gonna miss that boy…we all are.” -Gerry Lopez
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