Get an Insiders Look at “The Eddie” with Big Wave Legend, Ross Clarke-Jones.
“The 31st Annual Quiksilver in Memory of Eddie Aikau”event is an invite-only gathering at Waimea Bay on the North Shore of Oahu, and it had not run in 7 years prior to 2016. Every other surf contest in the world is centered around the ocean and leaves the decision-making up to the people, but The Eddie changes that. It allows the ocean call the shots. It provides an empty sheet and a ballpoint pen, but the script is only to be written by the forces of the wild. The event won’t run unless the waves are big enough to shake the earth and conditions like that are a bona fide rarity. In its 31-year history, The Eddie had only been held 8 times, until February 25, 2016. -Quiksilver
Join us Friday night, 6/17/16 at Hobie San Clemente, for a Q&A with RCJ. Placing second to John John Florence, Ross will bring highlights from the day and an insiders perspective on The Eddie & The Bay that few others can share. Moderated by Quiksilver founder & CEO, Bob McKnight, this is a night not to miss.
About Eddie Aikau ::
Eddie Aikau was the first official lifeguard at Waimea Bay, on Oahu’s North Shore, and at the same time, developed a reputation as one of the best big wave riders in the world. Partnering with his younger brother/lifeguard Clyde, the pair never lost a life on their watch. As he braved waves that often reached 30 feet, he saved over 500 people and became famous for surfing the big Hawaiian surf, winning several awards including the 1977 Duke Kahanamoku Invitational Surfing Championship. Eddie surfed every major swell to come through the North Shore from 1967 to 1978.
In 1978, Aikau joined a 30-day, 2,500-mile (4,000 km) journey to follow the ancient route of the Polynesian migration between the Hawaiian and Tahitian island chains as a crew member. The double-hulled voyaging canoe, Hokule’a, left the Hawaiian islands on March 16, 1978. The canoe developed a leak and capsized twelve miles south of Molokai. Aikau paddled toward Lanai on his surfboard to get help for the crew, tragically, he was lost to the Sea and never seen again.
According to maritime historian Mac Simpson, “Aikau pulled people out of waves that no one else would dare to. That’s where the saying came from — Eddie would go, when no one else would or could. Only Eddie dared.”
Friday night 6/17 at Hobie San Clemente!! All ages welcome, live music starts at 5:30 from local Hawaiian musician, Matt Akiona. Snacks, hang with the Quiksilver crew and have questions ready to ask. Spread the word & see you here. Free of charge / 5:30pm -8 pm!