EDDIE UPDATE: PADDLE OUT CEREMONY TO TAKE PLACE THURSDAY, DECEMBER 4TH
Previous year’s paddle-out ceremony. One of the most respected circles in all of surfing. Photo courtesy Quiksilver
WHAT: The official opening ceremony for The Quiksilver in Memory of Eddie Aikau at Waimea Bay, big wave contest, on the North Shore of Oahu. This year’s invited surfers, including Kelly Slater, Bruce Irons, Andy Irons, Mark Healy, Takayuki Wakita, Brian Keaulana, along with the Aikau Family and special guests, will be on hand to celebrate the 24th anniversary of this unique big-wave riding event. Though the swell is predicted to be sub-Eddie standards tomorrow, it is still expected to reach 15-18 feet Hawaiian scale, which translates into 25-30 foot wave faces, and will provide a valuable warm-up opportunity for big-wave riders invited to this prestigious event.
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 event, otherwise known as “The Eddie”, requires one day with a minimum of 20-foot surf (Hawaiian scale) 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. The opening ceremonies, which have been described as a cultural new year, include a group paddle and intimate session in the water.
WHEN: Thursday, December 4, 2008 at 3:00 pm
WHERE: Waimea Bay, North Shore, Oahu
With the North Shore currently rumbling, whispers of The Quiksilver In Memory Of Eddie Aikau Big Wave Invitational being run for the first time since 2004 are emitting through the coconut wireless. To be prepared at a moment’s notice, Quiksilver has launched the Eddie Splashcast module for everything you need to know about The Eddie. Itâ€™s an embeddable micro-site that people can add to their MySpace page, Facebook page, blog, site, whatever. It has all the event info, riders, and videos that Quiksilver will be updating weekly. Now it’s just a waiting game to see if Waimea Bay will decide whether to really kick it up a notch this year…