Weekly Swell Update For The Quiksilver In Memory Of Eddie Aikau
Mark Healey Interviews Nine-Time World Champion Kelly Slater In This Week's Waimea Weekly Updates
(Huntington Beach, California) January 13, 2009 — Oahu’s North Shore is a-buzz this week as a major low pressure cell develops off the Kamchatka Peninsula that could be brewing an Eddie-sized swell. As the system unfolds across an easterly Pacific path it could well generate a swathe of swell with open ocean heights in excess of 25 feet. But a sustained 24-hour period of Eddie-sized swell, as is required by The Quiksilver in Memory of Eddie Aikau, generally comes as a result of sustained wind speeds across the Pacific of around 55 knots. Present wave models are showing winds of mostly 40-50 knots, so it is possible that this system will fall short of generating sustained giant waves for a full day of Eddie competition.
Current projections have the swell hitting the Hawaiian islands late Wednesday morning and persisting over a period of four days to varying degrees. Mother Nature answers to no-one, so this system will be monitored consistently for developments. Check www.quiksilver.com/eddie daily updates.
In this week's Waimea Weekly Update, Mark Healey catches up with nine-time World Champion and 2002 winner of The Quiksilver in Memory of Eddie Aikau Waimea Kelly Slater. Kelly shares with Mark his thoughts on winning the Eddie and compares it to his world titles. To see the full webisode, viewers can tune-in at www.quiksilver.com/eddie.
These video clips along with other videos from The Quiksilver in Memory of Eddie Aikau are available for syndication through Splashcast; videos can be embedded to blogs, social networking sites and more. Make your way to http://web.splashcast.net/web_watch/?code=HXBN3705OC.
Special thanks to Pat Caldwell from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) for the swell data and forecasts. Current conditions and surf report for Waimea Bay, provided by Surfline, is available on the event website www.quiksilver.com/eddie. Visitors can also sign up for the official text alert for when the Bay Calls the Day.
About The Quiksilver in Memory of Eddie Aikau
Scheduled to take place at the hallowed grounds of Waimea Bay, on the North Shore of Oahu, between November 30, 2008, and February 28, 2009, The Quiksilver in Memory of Eddie Aikau, requires one day with a minimum of 20-foot surf (Hawaiian scale, translating to waves exceeding 40 feet faces) in order to run. It is the world’s most prestigious big-wave surfing event and is the only big-wave surf contest sanctioned by the Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP), the governing body of professional surfing.
Held in honor of the legendary Hawaiian waterman, Eddie Aikau, The Quiksilver in Memory of Eddie Aikau gathers 28 of the most skillful and dynamic big-wave surfers from around the world as polled by a comprehensive panel consisting of influential watermen, members of the surf industry, and internationally recognized surfing Associations.
The first memorial event for Aikau was held in 1984 at Sunset Beach, two miles north of Waimea Bay. It was won by local standout Denton Miyamura. Following the inaugural event, The Quiksilver in Memory of Eddie Aikau moved to Waimea Bay, where it has remained ever since. 2008 marks the event’s 24th anniversary; in only seven of those years have the waves been big enough and the conditions right to hold the contest.
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