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What’s In The Bag: Mason Ho’s Portugal Pack

22 October 2017

As you all must know by now, Hawaii’s Mason Ho got the call-up to be one of the wildcards at the Rip Curl Pro Portugal this year. As soon as he hung up the phone on the North Shore, he packed his bags and immediately jumped on a plane.

24-hours later, he was settled into a hotel in the tiny town of Peniche, checking swell charts and calling up the rest of the Rip Curl crew to go on the hunt for waves.

Battered by the elements, Peniche is one of those places that you really need to be prepared for. In any given day you’ll face gail-force winds, sideways rain, hot sun and everything in between. So aside from the basic t-shirt and shorts combo, you need to plan your pack.

Mason, who’s been the wildcard in Peniche before, knows this routine well. So, what’s inside his bag this year? The essentials…

1. F-Light Searcher Backpack

Designed, built and tested for crew on The Search yet versatile enough for your daily carry backpack. Featuring innovative easy access laptop and tech pockets, protective molded front panel and separate base section for itemizing your gear – it’s got everything you need for a Portuguese strike mission.

2. Flashbomb Plus 3/2mm Zip Free Wetsuit Steamer

This time of year, the water in Peniche gets chilly! Quite! And the Flashbomb Plus Zip Free wetsuit is loaded with all the features you want in a high performance wetsuit. This suit has the new E5 Flash lining hand tape which provides even more comfort and warmth, and a new ergonomic and easy to use zip free entry.

3. Echo Anti-Series Jacket

Canvas shield eco zipped and hooded Anti Series jacket within water repellent treatment and 5K/5K TPU dot clear lamination with critical seam sealed, internal audio pocket, inside mesh pocket, flap welded pockets on chest and welded & zipped pockets and embroidery on sleeve.

5. Rifles SS Tide Gunmetal Watch

Anyone who knows Mason knows that, like most surfers, he puts his gear through the ringa. That’s why he chooses the Rifles SS Tide Gunmetal Watch. Extremely durable, extremely comfortable.

And with 500 pre programmed tides, it’s a must-have to get good waves in Peniche – where tides rule the banks.


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