Each year, when “ESPN The Magazine” releases its popular “Body Issue”, controversy ensues. Some people have problems with what they claim is the ‘objectification’ of the nude body. Others have issues with some of the selections for the “Body Issue” (this year, there was much debate about the inclusion of Prince Fielder). The point that gets missed in each of these complaints is that the “Body Issue” is not about lasciviousness. It is about showing the beauty of the human form in all shapes and sizes. It helps to debunk the myths about ‘body type’ that popular culture tries to keep afloat.
One way that the “Body Issues” helps debunk these myths is by showing athletes proudly showing off their body art. There is no one ‘type’ of person who gets tattoos in this day and age. All ‘types’ of people enjoy getting inked. The “Body Issue” helps illustrated this. In the 2014 issue, one of the featured athletes is the beautiful Hawaiian surfer, Coco Ho.
Coco becoming a world-class professional surfer has pretty much been her birthright. ‘Hanging ten’ has been a family tradition. Her father, Michael Ho, won the Hawaiian Triple Crown of surfing back in 1982 (Duke Classic, World Cup and Pipe Masters). Her uncle, Derek Ho, won the World Surfing Championship in 1993. Even her older brother, Mason Ho, has been a champion at the junior level. On top of all this, Coco and her family are also related to famous singer, Don Ho (of “Tiny Bubbles” fame).
With that kind of family background, it would come us no surprise that Coco started surfing at the young age of 7. Just a year later, at 8 years old, she secured her first surfing sponsorship. When she was 11, she made her acting debut in popular surfing film “Blue Crush”. She portrayed the main character, Anne Marie (played as an adult by Kate Bosworth), as a child. When she turned 17, Coco qualified for the high-end Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) Women’s World Championship Tour.
Currently ranked the #7 female surfer in the world, Coco has accrued numerous victories on the waves. Before she joined the ASP Tour in 2009, she won events like the Open Women’s Regional Hawaii and the Hawaii Billabong Junior. She is a ‘Rookie of the Year’ twice over: winning it once on the Triple Crown Tour and then again on the ASP Tour. As a professional, she has won the Maresia Girls International, the World Qualifying and Los Cabos Open of Surf (among others). Coco has also, regularly, been in the top 3 of Surfer Magazine’s most popular surfers poll.
In her interview for the ESPN “Body Issue”, which can watched here, Coco describes how she totally fell in love with surfing when her dad took her to the waves when she was in the third grade. When Coco is not catching a ‘good set’, she spends time volunteering with the Boys & Girls Club of Hawaii. She also uses social media to help motivate and encourage young girls to strive for great things while being comfortable and confident with who they are.
Coco definitely has a love of body art. Already she has two tattoos. Her first represents her strong faith. It is a little cross on the top of her right hand.
Her other tattoo is just below her left ankle. It is a script design that reads “Forever For Family”, obviously emphasizing how important family is to her.
You can find out more about Coco on her official website: http://xococoho.com/
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