The 28th Annual Quiksilver In Memory of Eddie Aikau, a one-day big wave invitational surfing event that requires waves measuring 20 feet or more, is excited to announce its list of 2012-13 Invitees and alternates. The event holding period begins on December 1, 2012 and concludes on February 28, 2013. The official Opening Ceremony with the Aikau Family will be held on Thursday, November 29, 3pm, at Waimea Bay.
The polling process gave big wave surfers the chance to vote in particpants, first time Invitees and alternates. Each surfer’s vote was tallied and the 24 highest ranked sufers became this year’s list of Invitees. Quiksilver chose an additional four regional Invitees, bringing the official list of participants to 28 Invitees.
First time Invitees chosen by peer poll this year are recent Kustom Airstrike winner John John Florence (Hawaii), Alex Gray (California) and Ian Walsh (Maui). Returning Invitees include: Kelly Slater, Jeremy Flores, Jamie O’Brien, Mark Healey, Nathan Fletcher, Reef McIntosh, Sunny Garcia, Shane Dorian and Bruce Irons.
For a full list of Invitees, visit Quiksilver Eddie.
Quiksilver‘s Mark Healey surprised Florence at his home on Friday with his official invitation:
“I don’t know if I’m more stoked or more scared,” said Florence. “Coming up to the day when guys know the swell is coming, I’ll be super scared, antsy getting my stuff together, super nervous. Hopefully we get a big swell this year.
“My whole life I’ve been going to the opening ceremony, looking at all the big guys with their big boards, and paddling out to the circle since I was super little.”
To see Alex Gray and Ian Walsh receive their invitations, check out the videos below:
The Quiksilver In Memory of Eddie Aikau has only been held a total of eight times, most recently on December 8, 2009. California’s Greg Long took the honor that year.
About Eddie Aikau:
Just 31 years of age when he was lost at sea during an ill-fated voyage of Hawaii’s Hokule’a double-hull sailing canoe in 1978, Aikau was a young man at the height of a career equally dedicated to big-wave riding and lifeguarding at historic Waimea Bay. Filled with a pure passion to ride giant surf, take care of his fellow man, and uphold his Hawaiian culture and family values, Aikau became the benchmark by which all big wave riders are measured.
Quiksilver is committed to providing tools for uncovering, expressing and expanding your personal style. Our aim is to foster the sense of individual expression and excitement – the stoke that is the essence of boardriding*. We’re also here to spread the word because the only thing better than finding stoke is sharing it. *Boardriding is about timing and style. It’s youthful, active, casual, and free flowing. There is no wrong way to ride a board. The goal is simply to learn, progress, improve, and give it your own interpretation.
For full event coverage and news, visit Eddie Would Go.