Quiksilver In Memory Of Eddie Aikau Could Run Wednesday
Organizers Monitor Wednesday Swell For Quiksilver In Memory Of Eddie Aikau; Only 50% Chance of Running Due to Adverse Winds
Waimea Bay, Oahu, HAWAII – (Monday, January 20, 2014) — Organizers of the Quiksilver In Memory of Eddie Aikau big wave invitational at Waimea Bay, Oahu, Hawaii, will continue to monitor a giant swell forecast for this Wednesday, January 22, but only give the one-day competition a 50 percent chance of running at this stage. A final decision will be made by 5pm Hawaii time today.
“The size will definitely be there – approximately 40-foot wave face heights – but strong, adverse winds out of the WSW are a major limiting factor,” said event organizer Glen Moncata, citing recently issued weather and ocean reports. “Unfortunately it doesn’t look like the size will hold into Thursday when winds are expected to be more favorable, but we will continue to monitor the system’s development throughout today before making the final call this afternoon,” he added.
With a roster of invitees from international locations as far afield as Chile, South Africa, Australia and Europe, this afternoon’s call will be the final determination for this week’s big wave episode.
The Quiksilver In Memory of Eddie Aikau is a one-day big wave event requiring waves face heights of around 40 feet (20-foot open ocean swell). The event was last held on December 8, 2009, when it was won by California’s Greg Long, and has only been held a total of eight times in its 29-year history, adding to the event’s mystique and prestige. It has until February 28, 2014, to run this winter if and when the combination of required wave face heights and rideable conditions arise.
To view the full list of Invitees & Alternates, and information about this year’s event, please visit www.Quiksilver.com/Eddie
About Eddie Aikau
Just 31 years of age when he was lost at sea during an ill-fated voyage of Hawaii’s Hokule’a double-hull sailing canoe in 1978, Aikau was a young man at the height of a career equally dedicated to big-wave riding and lifeguarding at historic Waimea Bay. Filled with a pure passion to ride giant surf, take care of his fellow man, and uphold his Hawaiian culture and family values, Aikau became the benchmark by which all big wave riders are measured.
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