The 2013 Quiksilver in Memory of Eddie Aikau Opening Ceremony kicked off Thursday, December 5th at the famous Waimea Bay. A total of 28 carefully selected invitees, as well as many alternates, took part in the blessing of the prestigious event that requires a minimum of 30ft waves to commence. The Aikau family and the Polynesian voyaging canoe ‘Hokule’a welcomed each invitee individually to partake in the celebration of life for legendary big wave surfer and Waimea Bay’s head lifeguard, Eddie Aikau.
In 1978, Eddie Aikau sailed aboard the traditional Hokule’a with plans of arriving in Tahiti, when a wild storm struck near the Hawaiian Island. Hokule’a capsized, leaving the entire crew stranded in the middle of the ocean. The fearless and noble Eddie went paddling back to shore on his surfboard to find help, but was never seen again. Since 1985, Eddie’s life has been honored each year during the ‘Eddie’ by the world’s most daring big wave chargers.
Famous for it’s intimate setting and dedicated athletes, the Quiksilver in Memory of Eddie Aikau opening ceremony is always a beautiful event to capture.
Want to learn more about Eddie and the Aikau family? Click here to read an exclusive Surf Channel interview with the Aikau family on Hawaiian tradition.