Vale Derek Ho
Two-time Pipeline Master Derek Ho has died at age 55, after suffering a heart attack last week.
A two-time Pipeline Masters and a four-time Hawaiian Triple Crown winner, Ho become Hawaii's first world champion in the sport at age 29, taking the title in 1993.
Mick Fanning said surfing had lost "another great soul".
"Uncle D was always such a friendly and funny guy towards me. Full of life and quirky in the amazing Ho family way," Fanning said.
"To see him still surfing places like Pipeline as good as anyone at 55 is a huge inspiration.
"Your memory, legacy and character will live on and inspire many in the future."
Fellow Hawaiian Jamie O'Brien said he was "lost for words" after Ho's death.
Ho's family included his World Cup-winning brother Michael Ho, neice Coco Ho and nephew Mason Ho.
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