This winter, big wave riding celebrates a special milestone with the 30th annual Quiksilver in Memory of Eddie Aikau at Waimea Bay, on the North Shore of Oahu, Hawaii. Quiksilver is pleased to announce the list of official 2014/15 Invitees and Alternates on this very special occasion (scroll down for competitor list).
The Quiksilver In Memory of Eddie Aikau is a one-day big wave riding event that only takes place if and when waves meet a 20-foot minimum height, during the holding period of December 1 through February 28, each Hawaiian winter. The official Opening Ceremony with the Aikau Family will be held on Thursday, December 4th, 3pm, at Waimea Bay.
“The Eddie” is the original big wave riding event and stands as the measure for every big wave event that exists in the world today. It has become an icon of surfing through its honor, integrity and rarity.
The event honors Hawaiian hero Eddie Aikau, whose legacy is the respect he held for the ocean; his concern for the safety of all who entered it on his watch; and the way with which he rode Waimea Bay on its most giant and memorable days.
Adherence to strict wave height standards has ensured its integrity; it is only held on days when waves meet or exceed the Hawaiian 20-foot minimum (wave face heights of approximately 40 feet). This was the threshold at which Eddie enjoyed to ride the Bay. It has been said that what makes The Eddie special is the times it doesn’t run, because that is precisely its guarantee of integrity and quality days of giant surf.
AARON GOLD, BRUCE IRONS, CLYDE AIKAU, DAVE WASSEL, GARRETT MCNAMARA, GRANT “TWIGGY” BAKER, GREG LONG, IAN WALSH, JAMIE MITCHELL, JAMIE O’BRIEN, JAMIE STERLING, JOHN JOHN FLORENCE, KALA ALEXANDER, KELLY SLATER, KOHL CHRISTENSEN, MAKUA ROTHMAN, MARK HEALEY, NATHAN FLETCHER, NOAH JOHNSON, PETER MEL, REEF MCINTOSH, RAMON NAVARRO, SHANE DORIAN, SUNNY GARCIA, ROSS CLARKE-JONES, TAKATUKI WAKITA, TOM CARROLL, JEREMY FLORES
MASON HO, KOA ROTHMAN, KALANI CHAPMAN, DANILO COUTO, BILLY KEMPER, ANTHONY TASHNICK, CARLOS BURLE, ALBEE LAYER, ROSS WILLIAMS, BEN WILKINSON, DANNY FULLER, KEALII MAMALA, MICHAEL HO, KAI LENNY, SHAWN DOLLAR, GABRIEL VILLARAN, EVAN VALIERE, KAHEA HART, KEONI WATSON, DEREK DUNFEE, KOBY ABBERTON, MARK MATHEWS, ALEX GRAY, LAURIE TOWNER
Watch the 2013 Quiksilver in Memory of Eddie Aikau opening ceremony:
The competition has only been held a total of 8 times: it’s inaugural year at Sunset Beach, and then seven more times at its permanent home of Waimea Bay. The Eddie was last held on December 9, 2009, won by California’s Greg Long.*
Regardless of whether “The Bay Calls The Day” and the event runs, the annual Opening Ceremony is considered the annual celebration of Aikau’s legacy as well as that of the sport of big wave riding, and is attended by the who’s who of the surfing world. We hope you can join this year’s Invitees, Alternates, and the Quiksilver & Aikau families.
Please visit the official website Quiksilver.com/Eddie to view this year’s list of Invitees, new video, and anniversary collection.
Want to know more about Eddie Aikau? Interview: Eddie Aikau’s Family Talks Hawaiian Tradition