The Quiksilver Eddie Invitational in remembrance of legendary surfer Eddie Aikau was given the green light for this Wednesday, February 10th. The prestigious big-wave invitational is held in honor of Eddie Aikau on the North Shore of Hawaii. The event only runs at an unspecified date during the winter months, when the swell is towering at 20 feet with 40 foot faces. Fortunately, with this years El Niño in full force, this critically acclaimed big-wave event was right on schedule.
It has been 7 years since the last Quiksilver Eddie event ran (in 2009) with over 30,000 supporters on the beach. Eddie Aikau was Waimea Bay’s first lifeguard, a professional big-wave surfer, and was notoriously known as a talented waterman. He was also infamous for his legendary courage and had even earned himself the tag line “Eddie would go” meaning to push the limits of bravery.
On an excursion to Tahiti, Eddie and his crew ventured out on a Polynesian voyaging canoe and were unexpectedly caught in a dangerous storm. Their canoe capsized and in an attempt to rescue his crew after spending days out in the open sea, Eddie Aikau made the conscious effort to paddle to land for help. Sadly, Eddie Aikau never made it land and was never seen again. Therefore invitees honor the memory of Eddie’s courage and brave waterman skills by surfing in the famed event.
The unique event has two rounds, with a maximum wave count of eight waves per surfer. Each surfers’ best four waves will be counted towards their final score. Each wave will be judged on size, risk, and skill with the ability to earn up to 100 points per wave.
To view the complete list of invitees and alternates visit Quiksilver.come/eddie