Derek Ho

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Derek Ho
Personal information
Born(1964-09-26)September 26, 1964
Kailua, Hawaii, U.S.
DiedJuly 17, 2020(2020-07-17) (aged 55)
Hawaii, U.S.
Height5 ft 5 in (1.65 m)
Weight133 lb (60 kg)
Surfing career
Years active1986–2020
Major achievements1993 World Champion
Vans Triple Crown
Surfing specifications
StanceGoofy foot

Derek Ho (September 26, 1964 – July 17, 2020) was a Hawaiian Chinese surfer who won the world surfing championship in 1993. Ho was born in Kailua, Honolulu County, Hawaii. He began surfing at the age of three, and won the world title at age 29, making him the first Native Hawaiian world champion. Derek Ho was the brother of Michael Ho, another champion surfer, and the first cousin of Don Ho, the Hawaiian singer. He was the uncle of professional surfers Mason Ho and Coco Ho.[1][2]

On July 17, 2020, Ho was hospitalized after suffering a heart attack; he subsequently fell into a coma and died late that afternoon.[3]

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  1. ^ "Derek Ho Biography". Archived from the original on August 14, 2016. Retrieved October 20, 2011.
  2. ^ "Derek Ho". July 2018.
  3. ^ "93 World Champion Has Died". Retrieved July 17, 2020.

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Preceded by Association of Surfing Professionals World Champion (men's)
Succeeded by