5. 5. 2014
Eddie Aikau Big Wave Invitational 2014/15
Thousands filled Waimea Bay Beach Park on early December afternoon, including family, friends old and new, followers from around the world, and the prestigious list of surfers invited to compete if and when "The Eddie" should run on one special day of giant surf between December 1 and February 28, 2015. Led by Hawaiian Kahu Billy Mitchell, the world's top big wave riders gathered in a moving tribute to a man who made his mark on the world through his passion for big wave surfing and countless selfless acts that saved the lives of so many.
"Today is not about any competition, it's about passion, respect and aloha," said Kahu Mitchell. "The passion these surfers gathered here share with Eddie; respect for one who lived righteously; and aloha, love. Eddie was all about aloha. That's why we make this circle (of surfers) here at Waimea. A full circle. Uncut. Full circle love like Eddie had. He received so much from this place and he gave more back."
Aikau was an internationally known surfer, decorated lifeguard and member of the crew of Hawaii's revered voyaging canoe Hokule'a. He was tragically lost at sea in 1978 during a rescue mission when Hokule'a capsized en-route to Tahiti. TheQuiksilver In Memory of Eddie Aikau now keeps his story alive for new generations.
Edward Ryon Makuahanai Aikau
To give Eddie a hold, the Quiksilver organizes 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.
With a forecast of huge surf on the horizon for early December, anticipation is high for this winter's Eddie and we haven't seen the biggest waves yet! Stay tuned for more!
header photo: © ASP / Ed Sloane