Update: The event has been called off due to lack of swell today.
For the first time since 2009, the prestigious big-wave invitational in honor of Eddie Aikau is set to go off. Conditions permitting, the event will happen today, February 10th, 2016, making it just the 9th time this event has run in its 31 year history.
Each year the event can take place at a moments notice during its December to February holding period, as long as waves reach a strict minimum of 20ft, yielding approximately 40ft wave faces. The event honors the late Eddie Aikau, who was not only a world renowned big-wave surfer but also the first official lifeguard at Waimea Bay on the North Shore of Oahu. During his tenure at Waimea Bay not one life was lost in the water. The phrase “Eddie Would Go” was coined recognizing his courage for paddling out into dangerous conditions both as a surfer and rescuer. This year’s special invitees competing in his honor include big names like John John Florence, Kelly Slater, and Clyde Aikau. Event times and conditions are subject to change, so check out the links below for the most up-to-date information and the live stream. Mahalo!
Live Stream: http://www.worldsurfleague.com/
Learn More: http://quiksilver.com/surf/events/eddie-aikau/