WAIMEA BAY, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Two weeks ago, a last-minute cancellation of the Quiksilver in Memory of Eddie Aikau big wave surf meet sent people home disappointed. But many of them came back for the second go-round.
Organizers and the city said the same preparations would be in place for "The Eddie" on Thursday.
So were the spectators. Before sunrise Thursday, many of them had already carved out places to camp along Kamehameha Highway just outside Waimea Bay. Some made themselves at home, quite literally, in some of the scenic turnoffs with an ocean view.
"Missed it last time, so we just wanted to make sure we got out early, got our spot, camped and hope it goes," said Kaneohe resident Gary Mead.
For University of Hawaii student Nick Martin and some friends, it's a repeat of what they did nearly two weeks ago when the contest was called off.
"We got here a little bit earlier this time, just because we knew what to expect after seeing the quantity of people last time, but we seem to have ended up at about the same spot," he said.
It's roadside camping, with everything they need. One of Martin's friends showed us what she called the kitchen tent.
"We got a bag of snacks in here, peanut butter, all the goods for cooking, a couple of coolers of drinks, extra water," said Maria Reed.
They also know where it's legal to park. No parking was allowed on Kamehameha Highway between Iliohu Place and Saints Peter and Paul Mission Church. But staking out a spot above the bay was allowed, and by sundown, all the prime spots had already been spoken for.
Even though it was getting crowded, some of those camping overnight referred to the scene as "Wavestock."
"I can't say I'm disappointed because of the energy we had up here, and like everybody just getting together. I can't say I'm disappointed with that," said Sara Wyllie, who came up when the contest was called off. "And of course we'd still like to see the contest, but with the big waves there was still a lot to see."