Congratulations to all of the competitors that competed in the 2016 Quiksilver in Memory of Eddie Aikau. After a long month of uncertainty, with no promise that the 31st annual Eddie big-wave Invitational would run due to unfavorable conditions, a change in swell this week allowed the heavily anticipated event to finally run.
Luckily, Hawaii was hit with a massive swell this week. It was an emotional rollercoaster as the honorable big-wave invitational ran in memory of the islands brave waterman, Eddie Aikau. Sadly, earlier that week, the surf community had lost another one of their own, Brock Little. With heavy hearts, everyone surfed the event for Brock and Eddie, making it a truly ‘one of a kind’ event.
Out in the water, we didn’t see a group of competitors, but a brotherhood of big-wave surfers paying their respects to our fallen loved ones and fellow watermen. The 2016 Eddie was one for the books, congratulations again to those that surfed the prestigious event, and a special shoutout to the Eddie winner John John Florence!
Final Results of the 2016 Quiksilver in Memory of Edddie Aikau
1. John John Florence (HAW)
2. Ross Clarke Jones (AUS)
3. Shane Dorian (HAW)
4. Jamie Mitchell (AUS)
5. Kelly Slater (USA)
6. Makuakai Rothman (HAW)