Last Thursday, December 4th, marked the start of the holding period for the most famous, and least run, big wave surfing competition; the Quiksilver In Memory of Eddie Aikau Big Wave Invitational. Between now and February 28th, 2015, if the surf at Waimea Bay is large enough, the contest that honors the man who had a true passion for big waves and helping others, could run for the first time since 2009.
Photo: ASP/Ed Sloane
The opening ceremony, held on December 4th every year, is truly unique in that it gathers some of the world’s best surfers in one spot – not to surf, but to commemorate Eddie Aikau, a true inspiration to all who know his story. As stated by Kahu Billy Mitchell, who led the ceremony, “today is not about competition; it’s about passion, respect, and aloha. The passion these surfers gathered here share with Eddie, respect for one who lived righteously, and aloha, love. Eddie was all about aloha. That’s why we make this circle (of surfers) here at Waimea. A full circle. Uncut. Full circle love like Eddie had. He received so much from this place and he gave more back.”
Photo: ASP/Kelly Cestari
Conditions look favorable for the contest to run this year, its 30th year. You can learn more about Eddie and sign up to get alerts about the competition here.