The Quiksilver in Memory of Eddie Aikau 2013-2014 waiting period returns December 1st through February 28th as one of the most prestigious surf competitions in the world. The exclusive, invite-only event will welcome all competitors to the opening ceremony held at Waimea Bay on December 5th. Legendary Hawaiian surfer, Eddie Aikau, is honored by family and friends each year by bringing together the best surfers in the world to potentially surf the 40ft+ required waves.
Past champions of the Quiksilver in Memory of Eddie Aikau include Denton Miyamura (1985/1986), Clyde Aikau (1986/1987), Keone Downing (1989/1990), Noah Johnson (1998/1999), Ross Clarke-Jones (2000/2001), Kelly Slater (2001/2002), Bruce Irons (2004/2005) and Greg Long (2009/2010).
Greg Long was the first Californian to ever win the prestigious event in 2009. In the closing moments of the 25th Anniversary Quiksilver In Memory of Eddie Aikau, Greg Long turned the tables on Kelly Slater to post the most prestigious win of his young big wave career. At the age of 26, he pulled out of two of the biggest rides of the day in the final heat of the contest.
Listen to 11x ASP World Champion and past Eddie Aikau winner, Kelly Slater, talk about his win at Waimea Bay and the influence that the event has on the North Shore:
Check back here on TheSurfChannel.com for coverage of the intimate ceremony held on Oahu’s North Shore on December 5th.