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Mason Ho surfing Surf Ranch

Mason Ho could very well be one of the most entertaining surfers on the planet. Photo: YouTube//Screenshot

The Inertia

The Snapt films have become a part of surfing culture. Sometime around the early 2000s, Logan “Chucky” Dulien had an idea: a surf film that, as The Inertia‘s Juan Hernandez put it, “epitomized surf porn at its best.”

Through the years, Dulien created five Snapt films, all of which stuck to that same script. No frills whatsoever. No unnecessary story line, no cornball narration. Just surfing and music. They’ve consistently starred some of the best surfers on the planet, moving through generations.

The earlier films starred legends of surfing like Andy Irons, Mick Fanning, Aaron Cormican, and the Hobgoods. As the years passed, Dulien began to point his camera at people like Mason Ho, Clay Marzo, and Ian Crane. You get the idea, right? Surfers who break the mold — immensely talented and incredibly creative. Artists on waves. Artists with an edge.

Snapt5, the final film, is expected to hit screens in the summer of 2025. Mason Ho is part of it. Clay Marzo, too. Taro Watanabe, Parker Coffin, and Jack Robinson are on the roster as well, and they’ve all been stacking clips for a few years now. It’s a safe bet that Snapt5 is going to be a banger in every sense of the word.

When the first Snapt films came out, social media wasn’t a thing. It wasn’t a tall order to ask the surfers involved to hold onto their best clips, but in this day and age, where social media can be part and parcel of a surfer’s contract, it’s a little trickier.

So when you see something like you see here, courtesy of Mason Ho at the Surf Ranch, you know what you’re seeing isn’t the cream of the crop. The cream is staying hidden for the film itself, but the B-clips would be worthy of being A-clips in just about any other surf film.

In Mason’s latest YouTube offering, he, Ian Crane, and a handful of others did what they do best, but on the man-made wave in Lemoore. It’s just a taste of what we can expect in Snapt5, and it certainly does wet the appetite.


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