The Opening Ceremony Of The Quiksilver In Memory Of Eddie Aikau


On Thursday, December 4th, Quiksilver marked the beginning of the waiting period for the “Quiksilver In Memory Of Eddie Aikau with a beautiful ceremony featuring traditional Hawai’ian blessings and prayers, a paddle out for the competitors, and a bunch of food for the hungry and rain soaked North Shore people. An invitation only event held at Waimea Bay, in waves no less than twenty feet, “the Eddie as it’s known, is a spectator and surfers dream. Remember, that’s twenty feet “Hawaiian style, so when the event does go down, expect to see waves with faces up to sixty feet high with the worlds best big wave riders going at it for a first place prize of $50,000 dollars.[IMAGE 2]

We all know the names: The Irons brothers, Noah Johnson, Ross Clark Jones, Kelly Slater, Paul Paterson, Michael Ho, Laird Hamilton, Mark Healey, Jamie Sterling, Tom Carroll, Peter Mel, Brian and Rusty Keaulana, Flea, family invitee Zane Aikau—these guys are all nuts and chomping at the bit to throw themselves over the famed boil at Waimea. But who was Eddie? After all, that’s why we were all there. The point of the event is that it’s not just a surf contest, but more a day of aloha and celebrating Eddie’s life by way of surfing massive waves—Eddie style.[IMAGE 3]

Eddie Aikau was a lifeguard at the bay for years and rescued hundreds of thankful beachgoers. He was known as “the man at Waimea—and the entire North Shore. He lost his life after jumping overboard of the “Hokulei’a—a traditional Polynesian sailing vessel that was stranded, in a valiant, yet fatal attempt to paddle for help. Eddie’s family was well represented at the ceremony and “the boss Myra Aikau looked happy. As a matter of fact, the entire Aikau clan looked pretty stoked to be celebrating the life of their heroic family member. Good luck to all competitors and thanks to Quiksilver and the Aikau family for the good times. For more information and entire invitee list go to[IMAGE 4]






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