After reportedly suffering a heart attack on Friday afternoon, North Shore icon Derek Ho passed away at 55 years old.
Ho was Hawaii’s first world champion, a four-time Triple Crown champ, and a two-time Pipeline Master. Surfing achievements don’t come any more prestigious than that. In addition to such incredible achievements, Ho will be remembered for much more than his success in a jersey. He’ll be remembered for his big smile, his infectious energy, his colorful stories, his mentoring of multiple generations, and maybe most importantly, his prowess at Pipeline for more than three decades.
Since the news of Ho’s passing, the surf community has taken to social media to pay tribute to Ho and his family. We’ve compiled some of them below.
“I’m going to miss sitting at second reef looking over and seeing you in your…