WAIMEA BAY, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The three-month holding period for the 30th annual Quiksilver In Memory of Eddie Aikau will draw to a close here tomorrow. Unfortunately, one day of quality, consistent surf with a minimum wave face height of 40 feet did not materialized over the course of this winter.
"We had an unusual winter that delivered a number of major swell-generating systems but each brought with them a ton of adverse winds that decimated the waves," explains Event Director Glen Moncata. "Many of this winter's systems came much closer to the Hawaiian Islands than usual, bringing with them wild weather. The cleaner swells we saw simply fell short on size. So we will now look forward to next winter."
In its 30th season, "The Eddie" continued to garner major attention this winter. The first feature news story about Clyde Aikau - Eddie's younger brother and 1986/87 winner - aired on CBS This Morning ; the December 4 opening ceremony received international coverage featuring a young crew of Invitees including Koa Rothman and John John Florence; and the world's top big wave riders were treated to an intensive big wave safety course on the North Shore.
The Quiksilver In Memory of Eddie Aikau is the original big wave invitational event and is a World Surf League (WSL) sanctioned specialty event. It was last held on December 9, 2009, and was won by California's Greg Long. The event has only been held a total of 8 times. We look forward to entering a new decade in the event's story come winter 2015/16. Please join us!
For more information, please visit www.quiksilver.com/eddie .
- 1985/1986 : Denton Miyamura (Haw)
- 1986/1987 : Clyde Aikau (Haw)
- 1989/1990 : Keone Downing (Haw)
- 1998/1999 : Noah Johnson (Haw)
- 2000/2001 : Ross Clarke-Jones (Aus)
- 2001/2002 : Kelly Slater (USA)
- 2004/2005 : Bruce Irons (Haw)
- 2009/2010 : Greg Long (USA)
About Eddie Aikau:
Just 31 years of age when he was lost at sea during an ill-fated voyage of Hawaii's Hokule'a double-hull sailing canoe in 1978, Aikau was a young man at the height of a career equally dedicated to big-wave riding and lifeguarding at historic Waimea Bay. Filled with a pure passion to ride giant surf, take care of his fellow man, and uphold his Hawaiian culture and family values, Aikau became the benchmark by which all big wave riders are measured.
Quiksilver, Inc., one of the world's leading outdoor sports lifestyle companies, designs, produces and distributes branded apparel, footwear and accessories. The company's apparel and footwear brands, inspired by a passion for outdoor action sports, represent a casual lifestyle for young-minded people who connect with its boardriding culture and heritage. The company's Quiksilver, Roxy, and DC brands have authentic roots and heritage in surf, snow and skate. The company's products are sold in more than 90 countries in a wide range of distribution, including surf shops, skate shops, snow shops, its proprietary Boardriders Club shops and other company-owned retail stores, other specialty stores, select department stores and through various e-commerce channels. Quiksilver's corporate headquarters are in Huntington Beach, California.