Eddie no go, window for big wave contest closes

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The Quiksilver In Memory of Eddie Aikau big wave invitational will officially close its 28th annual holding period Thursday, February 28.

A high surf episode with wave face heights of approximately 18 to 20 feet will be building throughout the day at Waimea Bay tomorrow, but is forecast to fall well short of the event's requirement: 35- to 40-foot faces.

This was the 28th year of the event and it has only been held a total of eight times - the last being in December of 2009.

The tournament honors Eddie Aikau, a veteran surfer and waterman who was lost at in sea in 1978 when he paddled out into the Molokai channel to in a rescue attempt. Aikau was coming to the aid of the Hokulea, the Polynesian voyaging canoe, which had capsized in rough seas. 

The holding period for the Red Bull Jaws: Paddle at Pe'ahi surfing tournament continues on Maui until  March 15.

That event will be held when "wave face heights are between 30 and 50 feet," according to Red Bull.

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