Gigantic waves have pounded the northern shores of the Hawaiian island chain throughout the night and are still pushing through this-morning. With wave face heights exceeding 30 feet, both the Quiksilver In Memory of Eddie Aikau big-wave surfing event at Waimea Bay, Oahu, and the Tow-In World Cup event at Jaws, Maui, have officially been called on for today.
Buoy readings remained constant throughout the night, oscillating between 20 and 25 feet regularly during the past 12 hours. These readings promise that waves will be larger than 20 feet (more than 30 feet full face value) throughout the day.
On Oahu’s North Shore, home of the Quiksilver Eddie Aikau, waves continued to wash over portions of Kamehameha Highway even through this-morning’s low tide. Large lava boulders that define the shoreline around Waimea Bay have shifted throughout the night and morning, a testament to the awesome power that has been unleashed by the waves.
Waves at Maui’s Jaws are of similar gigantic proportion, competitors in the Tow-In World Cup presently warming up their jet-ski’s and preparing to push out into the lineup.
While both the Quiksilver In Memory of Eddie Aikau and the Tow-In World Cup have been waiting for a swell as large as this one, the fundamental difference between them is man-power versus machine power. While scores will ultimately be awarded to the surfer that rides the waves, competitors in the Eddie Aikau will be paddling into mountainous rides purely under arm power, while the riders on Maui will be towed in at speed by jet-skis.