The Quiksilver in Memory of Eddie Aikau Opening Ceremony was held on December 5th at Waimea Bay, bringing together the world’s most talented big wave athletes for the traditional blessing of the event. Less than a week later, the North Shore has been buzzing with projected forecasts and endless social media updates with information about the massive swell heading straight for Hawai’i. With no competition since 2009, the real question is, will the Eddie actually go?
We reached out to one of the most experienced big wave surfers competing in the Eddie, to get their expert opinion on whether or not the predicted swell will be enough to green light the Quiksilver in Memory of Eddie Aikau. Here is what they had to say:
“Still a bit early to get too excited, but the forecast maps are very encouraging. I did change my ticket home to stay a little longer.” – Peter Mel (Santa Cruz, California)
“It looks good, and we are constantly checking the storm graphs. It looks like it is coming straight for Hawai’i… I have a good feeling.” – Greg Long (San Clemente, California)
“I extended my trip. There is a lot of buzz on the island. Going to have some fun.” – Rusty Long (San Clemente, California)
Watch the highlights from the Quiksilver in Memory of Eddie Aikau opening ceremony held at Waimea Bay: