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Opening Ceremony for the Quiksilver In Memory of Eddie Aikau

by on Friday 30th November, 2012   2221 Views

The world's best big wave riders raise hands in tribute to Eddie Aikau and pray for giant waves that will allow them to surf in his honor this at Waimea Bay this winter. © 2014 Bielmann

THE opening ceremony for The Quiksilver In Memory of Eddie Aikau big wave invitational took place on the sands of Waimea Bay, on the North Shore of Oahu, Hawaii, today. The 28 Invitees and 28 Alternates of this year’s event shared in the celebration with the family of Eddie Aikau to celebrate the life of one of Hawaii’s most respected big wave riders and heroes.

The holding period of The Quiksilver In Memory of Eddie Aikau begins this Saturday, December 1, and runs through February 28, 2013. It is a one-day event that is only held if waves hit 40 feet (wave face height) or more. This is the 28th year of the event and it has only been held a total of eight times - the last being in December of 2009. California’s Greg Long won that year and today he addressed all who gathered at Waimea Bay with an emotional message. 

“You win competitions and with that comes excitement, but in my eyes, this isn’t a competition. It’s a celebration of the legacy of Eddie Aikau and the waves we share out here. We are the luckiest people in the world to be able to do what we do and be a part of this family of big wave riders.

“Eddie encapsulated all of it to the highest level. He’s a hero, a legend, and he has touched the lives of myself and so many others. You can’t put words to that. This is the amazing celebration of Eddie’s life.”

Eddie’s younger brother Clyde, 63, is still an active surfer in this event, and today he welcomed the new, young Invitees to the event - like Alex Gray (Ca., USA), Ian Walsh (HAW), and John John Florence (HAW), the youngest surfer of the group at just 20 years of age.

Aikau said he looked forward to the new generation of big wave riders taking the helm and attributed his longevity in big wave riding to the inspiration and motivation they provide.

“My message to all you older surfers out there is to get out there with the young guys,” said Clyde.” For me it is my son who keeps me going, keeps me pushing the boundaries, and the young guys I see alongside me in the lineup.

“I look forward to riding in the same heat as John John Florence,” he said, receiving cheers from the 1,000 people gathered for the ceremony. “Let’s rock and roll!”

As is also the tradition on this day, two outstanding watermen were recognized for heroic rescues they made during the past twelve months: They were surfer Gavin Sutherland, and ocean cinematographer Mike Prickett.

To view the full list of Invitees & Alternates, please visit http://www.Quiksilver.com/Eddie .

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