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LIHU‘E — The Quiksilver In Memory of Eddie Aikau, fueled by Monster Energy, officially drew to a close on Monday. The event was poised to run on Jan. 20 as thousands of spectators joined competitors at Waimea’s hallowed shoreline, but inconsistent 20-foot surf resulted in a “No Go”.
‘The Eddie’ was last held in December of 2009. Since its inception in the winter of 1984-85, it has only been held eight times, states a release from Ocean Promotion.
“It has been said many times that it is the years we don’t go that make The Eddie so special, and this past winter season proved that,” said contest director George Downing. “When you are standing on the beach at Waimea the atmosphere is electrifying with all who have gathered to see the Bay at its best. The overwhelming support of our call to wait showed how special Eddie’s name and legacy is to people, no matter how much we would all love to see the event go.
“On behalf of the Aikau family, and Quiksilver, I would like to extend a sincere mahalo to the invitees who traveled so far in the hopes that the event would run; to the supporters who joined us at the beach; and to the city and county of Honolulu who worked with us to take safety and preparation to an unprecedented level. The integrity of this event remains intact and is something we can all be very proud of.”
Held in honor of the legendary Hawaiian waterman and first lifeguard at Waimea Bay, Eddie Aikau, The Quiksilver in Memory of Eddie Aikau is the most prestigious and longest-standing big-wave surfing contest in the world.
It is the only big-wave surf contest sanctioned by the Association of Surfing Professionals, the governing body of professional surfing.
The invitee list is comprised of 28 of the most skillful and dynamic big-wave surfers from around the world. During the three-month event window, these surfers are on standby for that rare day when Waimea Bay truly comes to life, delivering thundering waves in excess of 40-foot faces (20-foot Hawaiian scale).
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