Editor’s Note: My Greatest Mentors is an original series where talented folks in our global surfing community discuss the people who have made a significant impact in their approach to life – within and beyond surfing. Coco Ho is the second to participate in the series. Read Kassia Meador‘s first piece here.
My dad is definitely my greatest mentor. And it’s simple why. There’s this quote I read that goes, “My father didn’t tell me how to live. He lived and let me watch him do it.” That’s exactly what my dad has done. We grew up on the North Shore, and we immediately started going to the beach. It’s the only option. But he never forced surfing on us. At the beginning, my brother and I would have to basically beg him to go surfing or for boards and gear. Nothing just came to us. He never forced us. It wasn’t until I qualified for the World Tour that he got so involved and so passionate about surfing in my life. I’m so thankful for that, and I feel like being on Tour has made him young again. He’s traveling to these places all over again almost with more froth. It’s amazing. My dad is definitely my first and greatest mentor – all by not forcing anything upon me and not expecting anything out of me. And once I was on the World Tour, he was the most illuminant, happy man.