Quiksilver Announces Invitees For 2003/2004 Eddie Aikau Big Wave Event

 Waimea Bay, North Shore, Oahu

 Opening Ceremony: Thursday, December 4, 2003. 3pm at Waimea Bay.
Holding Period: December 5, 2003 to February 28, 2004.
To be held on one day when surf measures at least 20 feet (40-foot faces).

Who: 24 of the world*s best big-wave riders, including defending champion Kelly Slater (USA) and Aikau*s younger brother and former champion Clyde Aikau.

Huntington Beach, California, November 5, 2003 (NYSE:ZQK)  One coveted invitation, an indicator of one’s status in the elite club of big-wave riders, sends surfers all over the world charging toward their mailboxes to see where they stand. The invitees for the 2003/2004 Quiksilver in Memory of Eddie Aikau, otherwise known as “The Eddie,” have been officially announced. Scheduled to take place at the hallowed grounds of Waimea Bay, on the North Shore of Oahu, between December 5th and February 28th, the Eddie, a one-day event, requires a minimum of 20-foot surf.

Created in 1986 to honor the legendary Hawaiian waterman, Eddie Aikau, this event gathers the most skillful and dynamic paddle-in big-wave surfers from around the world as polled by a collection of influential and experienced watermen. Past winners include Clyde Aikau, Keone Downing, Noah Johnson, Ross Clarke-Jones, and Kelly Slater. First-time inclusions for this season’s event are Makua Rothman and  Jamie Sterling. Following is a complete list of invitees and alternates.

INVITEES: (In alphabetical order) 
  Clyde Aikau (Hawaii) 
  Tom Carroll (Australia) 
    Ross Clarke-Jones (Australia)
     Shane Dorian  (Hawaii)  
    Keone Downing (Hawaii)  
   Johnny Boy Gomes (Hawaii)  
  Laird Hamilton (Hawaii)  
  Mark Healy (Hawaii) 
    Michael Ho (Hawaii)  
   Bruce Irons (Hawaii)
     Andy Irons (Hawaii) 
    Noah Johnson (Hawaii)  
   Brian Keaulana (Hawaii)  
  Rusty Keaulana (Hawaii) 
   Brock Little (Hawaii)  
   Peter Mel (California) 
    Myles Padaca (Hawaii)   
  Paul Paterson (Australia)
    Tony Ray (Australia)  
   Makua Rothman (Hawaii)  
  Kelly Slater (Florida)   
  Jamie Sterling (Hawaii)  
   Darryl “Flea” Virostko (California)  
 Ross Williams (Hawaii)    

Zane Aikau
Titus Kinimaka
Tony Moniz 
Pancho Sullivan 
Sunny Garcia
Braden Dias
Keone Watson
Jamie O*Brien
Arnold Dowling
Carlos Burle
Mike Parsons
Cheyne Horan
Taylor Knox
Darrick Doerner
Chava Greenley
Vetea David
Derek Ho
Elijah Young
Eric Haas
Kala Alexander
Kalani Chapman
Chris Malloy
Dennis Pang
Clark Abbey


Mark Foo
Todd Chesser
Jay Moriarity

The Quiksilver In Memory of Eddie Aikau opening ceremonies will commence on December 4, 2003.  Details will follow. For further information go directly to http://www.quiksilver.com/eddie