The Quiksilver in Memory of EDDIE AIKAU Invitational Elects to Wait
After patiently waiting one month into the big wave season and official three-month contest holding period, event organizers of The Quiksilver In Memory of Eddie Aikau have been watching the development of a north-west swell in the 20-25 foot range. But the latest forecast for increasing on-shore winds have led to an official announcement that the event will not run on Friday, January 10, 2003.
“We know that the required wave size is going to be there,” explained Contest Director George Downing. “But the forecast is for strengthening on-shore winds throughout the day tomorrow and that has led us to our decision to hold off. We don*t want to hold this event in marginal conditions. There is still plenty of time left in our holding period (until February 28) and we will continue to monitor a very active Pacific Ocean.”
A truly extraordinary event, “The Eddie” requires a minimum of 20-foot waves (30 feet plus wave face heights) and has taken place only five of the past sixteen seasons.
With a coveted US$50,000 purse to the winner, one of the sports richest cash prizes, past victors include legend Kelly Slater, Clyde Aikau (Eddie*s youngest brother), Keone Downing, Noah Johnson and Ross Clarke-Jones. Invitees will travel from all around the world to be a part of one of the most electrifying events in surfing. ASP 2003 World Champion Andy Irons is among the first-time inclusions on the exclusive invitee list this year.
Launched by Quiksilver in 1986 to honor the legendary Hawaiian waterman Eddie Aikau, “The Eddie” gathers the most skilled and daring big-wave surfers from around the world for this invitation-only event. Edward Ryan Aikau was a Hawaiian surfer, lifeguard and legend that dedicated his life to the ocean and ocean safety. Tragically, after saving countless lives guarding Waimea Bay, Eddie lost his own to the ocean at the age of 32 in 1978 during a voyage on a commemorative Polynesian vessel en-route from Hawaii to Tahiti. Tradition, the rarity of the event, and the great spirit of a legendary waterman give the contest a special energy not found anywhere else in the world of sports.
Where: Waimea Bay, North Shore Oahu, Hawai’i
When: Holding period from December 5, 2002, to February 28, 2003