Ho, Makua kick off North Shore Season


Congratulations to Oakley’s Mason Ho for finishing runner-up in his first ever WQS final.

Mason’s father, Michael, a 4-time Xcel Pro champion (his uncle Derek also holds a title) watched along with family and friends as 19 year-old Mason took second at his home break at the 4-Star 2007 Xcel Pro Presented by No Fear.

In the exciting, down-to-the-wire final heat, defending champ Joel Centeio, turned in a 7.77 ride that kicked Ho out of first and clinched the victory. Oakley’s Makua Rothman made back-to-back back final appearances, finishing third ahead of Alex Gray. The finals were a veritable "young-gun" showdown, with the average age barely legal at 21.7.

Waves ranged from 4’ to 7’, staying relatively consistent in size as the lineup shifted to the point around midday. The 2007 Xcel Pro is the kick-off event for Oahu’s North Shore winter surf season.

Final Results

  1. Joel Centeio $10,000 (1,500 pts)
  2. Mason Ho $5,000 (1,313 pts)
  3. Makua Rothman $3,000 (1,125 pts)


Shea Perkins


November 13, 2007