Derek Ho, Pipe. Photo: Pete Frieden

Derek Ho has died aged 55. Hawaii’s first-ever men’s world champion, 4 time Triple Crown winner, twice Pipe Master was admitted to hospital with a suspected heart attack slipped into a coma and passed away last night. Thoughts are with the family and friend at this time.

Derek was still charging, known as Uncle D won the World Title in 1993, the Pipe Masters in 1986 and 1993, and the Triple Crown in 1984, 1986, 1988, and 1990.  He appeared classic videos, such Wave WarriorsSurfers: The Movie and many more.