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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -
Organizers of the Quiksilver In Memory of Eddie Aikau big wave invitational at Waimea Bay have announced that the contest is a "no-go" for this Wednesday.
Quiksilver spokesperson Jodi Wilmott, tells Hawaii News Now that the winds forecasted for Wednesday will make for unfavorable conditions.
"We have taken all the time we can to assess the developments of the next big swell and it does not look favorable for us," said event organizer Glen Moncata. "The size is there, but the quality is not, due to strong, adverse winds. We will continue to wait for the right conditions."
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.
It has until February 28, 2014, to run this winter if and when the combination of required wave face heights and rideable conditions arise.
The most recent "Eddie" was held in December 2009, when waves at Waimea bay reached 30 to 50 feet. Greg Long of California came out of nowhere and stole the show beating Kelly Slater. Long took home $55,000 with the win.More >>