Fans Can Now Vote For Quiksilver Big Wave Invitational Invitees

Cast Votes at from Now Until April 30th

Huntington Beach, Calif. – (April 1, 2007) – In the specialized sport of big-wave riding, the respect of your peers and the public is paramount. Recognizing this important fact, the 23rd Quiksilver Big Wave Invitational in Memory of Eddie Aikau annual polling process will be opened to the public for the first time starting April 1, 2007. Fans will now be able to vote for their favorite big-wave surfers at

Previously, the 24 Invitees were determined by an expert panel made up of big-wave riders past and present, North Shore Oahu lifeguards and key representatives from within the surfing industry. However, the international growth and world-wide recognition of big-wave riding has triggered the need for broader input, making it the opportune time to open polling to the global surfing community.

On April 1, a preliminary list of more than 100 recognized big-wave specialists from Hawaii, the U.S. Mainland, Canada, Latin America, South America, Australia, New Zealand, Tahiti, Japan, Europe and South Africa will be published on, The public will also have the opportunity to nominate additional riders who are not already listed.

On April 30th votes will be tallied, and a short list of names, including top “write-in” candidates, will advance to the final selection process. From these names, a panel of experts will determine the 24 selected Invitees and 24 Alternate Invitees, which will be announced in early November 2007.

“Over the last 3 decades, The Quiksilver Big Wave Invitational has done a great job of recognizing and including the most prominent members of the big wave community. Both Legends and up-and-comers from around the world have been honored with invitations,” said Bob McKnight, CEO Quiksilver, Inc. “But with this new polling system, everyone can participate in the process and help determine who goes. This is how Eddie would have wanted it to be.”

The Quiksilver Big Wave Invitational in Memory of Eddie Aikau takes place at Waimea Bay, on the North Shore of Oahu, Hawaii, each winter. The event requires one full day of giant waves measuring a minimum of 20 feet (traditional Hawaiian-scale) in order to be held. The Quiksilver Big Wave is held in memory of legendary Hawaiian lifeguard and pioneer big-wave rider Eddie Aikau, who tragically lost his life at sea in 1978, during an ill-fated voyage of the Hokule’a sailing vessel from Hawaii to Tahiti.

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