Eddie Would Go – Quiksilver in Memory of Eddie Aikau

Eddie Would Go

It is a historic day for surfing. The 31st annual Quicksilver in Memory of Eddie Aikau will go Thursday February 25, 2016. This surf contest only runs if the waves at Waimea Bay, Oahu reach a minimum height of 20 feet (40 foot faces). The Quiksilver in Memory of Eddie Aikau was founded in 1984 and has only been held 8 times since then. The last time it ran was in 2009.

The best surfers in the world will be competing in this event. Watch Kelly Slater, Shane Dorian, and reigning champion Greg Long. I will be cheering for 66 year old Clyde Aikau, Eddie’s brother, who won the event in 1986.

Watch Live at Quiksilver.com or WorldSurfLeague.com beginning at 7:30am HST.

Eddie Aikau was born on Maui and moved with his family to Honolulu in 1959. Eddie began surfing in Waikiki with boards he made from marine ply. In 1968 he become the first lifeguard to work on the North Shore of Oahu. He saved hundreds of lives. Eddie Aikau became famous for surfing the big surf and was known for surfing for 8 hours at a time without a break. Eddie won several awards including the 1977 Duke Kahanamoku Invitational Surfing Championship.

Eddie Would Go - Quiksilver in Memory of Eddie Aikau

Eddie Aikau taken by Dan Merkel

In 1978 Eddie Aikau volunteered as a crew member for a 30 day, 2,500-mile journey to retrace the ancient route of the Polynesian migration between Hawaii and the Tahitian islands. The double-hulled voyaging canoe developed a leak in the starboard hull and later capsized about 12 miles south of the island of Molokai. Aikau insisted on getting help. He made a leash of nylon rope for his big rescue board and paddled toward Lanai saying “Don’t worry, I can do it. I can get to land.” The Hokule’a and the crew was rescued by the U.S. Coast Guard but Aikau was never seen again.


Eddie Would Go

Eddie would go, when no else would or could. Only Eddie dared. Eddie’s brother Clyde says  “Eddie Would Go to me doesn’t necessarily mean involvement with only the ocean. I believe Eddie Would Go if nobody else would go. Eddie Would Go where people wouldn’t go. Eddie Would Go and help people in the water when he didn’t even know them. Eddie Would Go on the biggest waves that would pull through Waimea Bay when most people wouldn’t go. I think the phrase Eddie Would Go is really a phrase that would ultimately say that one would put themselves out there for the betterment of others. That could relate to anybody – a person from Waikiki, a tourist, or some extreme surfer. Just helping out somebody else is what Eddie Would Go is about.”

Eddie Aikau Waimea Bay 2016

25th Eddie Aikau Big Wave InvitationalDec. 2009. (OutsideOnline.com) Photo: Elyse Butler/Aurora Photos


Eddie Aikau 31st annual Quicksilver in Memory of Eddie Aikau Participating Surfers:

Heat 1: Shane Dorian (HAW), Kohl Christensen (HAW), Greg Long (CA), Ramon Navarro (CHI), Sunny Garcia (HAW), Ross Clarke-Jones (AUS), Jamie Mitchell (AUS)

Heat 2: Kelly Slater (FL), David Wassell (HAW), Grant Baker (ZAF), Reef McIntosh(HAW), Jamie O’Brien (HAW), Aaron Gold (HAW), Tom Carroll (AUS)

Heat 3: John John Florence (HAW), Mark Healey (HAW), Clyde Aikau (HAW), Nathan Fletcher (CA), Noah Johnson (HAW), Peter Mel (CA), Takayuki Wakita (JPN)

Heat 4: Bruce Irons (HAW), Makuakai Rothman (HAW), Ian Walsh (HAW), Albee Layer (HAW), Kala Alexander (HAW), Garrett McNamara (HAW), Jeremy Flores (FRA)

Top 5 Alternates: Mason Ho (HAW), Danilo Couto (BRA), Mark Mathews (AUS), Koa Rothman (HAW), Ben Wilkinson (AUS)


Only the best get invited to participate in the Quicksilver in Memory of Eddie Aikau but Hawaii Discount makes it easy to find Surf Lessons in Hawaii! Check out our low prices on Hawaii Surf Lessons! Choose from Oahu Surf Lessons, Maui Surf Lessons, Kauai Surf Lessons and Big Island Surf Lessons

Who are you cheering for in the 31st Annual Quiksilver in Memory of Eddie Aikau?

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