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The Eddie Aikau will run today with live CBS broadcast

 

 

 

Quiksilver in Memory of Eddie Aikau

WSL Specialty Big-Wave Event
Waimea Bay, Oahu Hawaii
1 December 2015 - 29 February 2016

The Eddie Aikau will run today with live CBS broadcast

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 25 February, 2016 - Waimea Bay, Oahu - A significant swell is bearing down on Oahu's North Shore prompting event organizers to put the Quiksilver in Memory of Eddie Aikau (a WSL Specialty event) on Green Alert for a possible start on Thursday.

After being called off on Feb. 10 due to the highly anticipated swell not materializing, officials have officially placed the event on Green Alert - the final determination will be made today at 8 a.m. HST/10 a.m. PST/ 1 p.m. EST.

EVENT HEAT DRAW:

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)

 

CBS Sports Network will air live coverage of one of Big Wave surfing’s most prestigious events, the Quiksilver in Memory of Eddie Aikau, a World Surf League (WSL) Specialty Event. Held in honor of the first official lifeguard at Waimea Bay on Oahu’s fabled North Shore, Eddie went on to become one of the best big wave riders in the world before his tragic death in 1978.

If it’s called “on,” the Quiksilver in Memory of Eddie Aikau will pit the 28 best big wave surfers against one another in some of the most treacherous waters and on the most unpredictable playing field in all of sport.

Fans can tune in to CBS Sports Network for live coverage beginning at 12:30 pm eastern/9:30 pacific/7:30 HAW, with the World Surf League’s Dawn Patrol, which will set the stage for the event.  Coverage will then switch to the live competition beginning at 1:00 pm eastern.  Every athlete will surf twice, in two separate rounds, both of which will pit him against six other surfers in a seven-man heat (for more details on the Eddie’s rules and scoring, visit the World Surf League’s website).

CBS Sports Network will continue with their live coverage until 3pm eastern, after which fans can catch all the action at www.worldsurfleague.com or via the World Surf League’s free app available on Google Play and the iTunes store.

This event – one of the most elusive on the big wave tour – has run only eight times in the past 30 years because of the extraordinary conditions that are required for the event to be called “on.” The tournament can only be held when wave heights reach a sustained minimum 40 feet. The last time the event was held was on December 8, 2009, won by Californian Greg Long.

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