'The Eddie' in jeopardy as Aikau family splits with Quiksilver

'The Eddie' in jeopardy as Aikau family splits with Quiksilver

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Eddie will not go this year.

The family of Eddie Aikau has severed ties with Quiksilver, ending the partnership that put on the elite big wave surfing competition at Waimea Bay.

Thousands of spectators jammed Waimea Bay last February when the Quiksilver in Memory of Eddie Aikau Big Wave Invitational was held for the first time since 2009. The competition has only happened nine times since it began in 1984.

Aikau's family said that they weren't able to reach a deal with the event sponsor and that they're still pursuing several options to try to continue the contest.

A city spokesperson says at this point, there will be no big wave event for the 2016-17 surf season because of how the application and bidding process works for the invitational.

"It's unfortunate because the Quiksilver application was based upon it being the Eddie, and we have informed Quiksilver that they are the awardee but they would have to hold the event as the Eddie," said city deputy managing director Georgette Deemer. "So unless there is some kind of resolution that's the only way it appears the Eddie could go forward."

"The Eddie" only occurs when there are consistent, rideable waves of at least 30 feet in Waimea Bay during the narrow three-month holding period.

The Aikau family plans to hold a press conference Monday.

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