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Eddie on Yellow Alert for a possible run this Thursday

Paddle-out circle at Waimea Bay © Joliphotos.com

 

 

 

Quiksilver in Memory of Eddie Aikau

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

Eddie Watch Begins Anew as Huge Swell Pounds Hawaii

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 23 February, 2016 - The world's best big wave surfers ready themselves to take on Waimea Bay in the legendary event in memorium of one of Hawaii's most famed watermen.

The 31st annual Quiksilver in Memory of Eddie Aikau has once again been put on Yellow Alert for a possible run this Thursday, February 25, just two weeks after athletes and organizers gathered at Waimea Bay in an earlier attempt to run. Unfortunately, that day the waves never materialized. But the crowds at Waimea did, only to be sent home.

With time running out on the holding period for the prestigious big-wave invitational officials are hoping to squeeze the event in under the February 29 deadline. While lack of surf was the problem last time, it looks like the biggest threat to the event not going is waves being too big.

As of Monday, the waves at Waimea were already too big too surf, and many believe Thursday's swell could be even bigger. Mark Healey was feeling optimistic about the chances. "This time it looks like it's for real."

If the event does go it will certainly be a celebration of the late Brock Little, the big-wave star who passed away last week. Little rose to fame on the back of his remarkable Eddie performances.

The Quiksilver in Memory of Eddie Aikau requires waves more than 20-feet high (40-foot faces) to run. This winter's El Niño weather pattern has been generating swell throughout the Pacific for months and already provided contestable conditions for the Big Wave Tour's Pe'ahi Challengeand Todos Santos Challenge, not to mention numerous submissions for the Big Wave Awards.

Invitees for 2015/2016 include Clyde Aikau, Eddie's brother and winner of the second Eddie event, 11-time World Champ and 2001/2002 Eddie winner Kelly Slater (USA).

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)

The Quiksilver In Memory of Eddie Aikau is a World Surf League sanctioned Specialty Event.

Event past winners: 
1984/1985: Denton Miyamura (Haw)  
1986/1987: Clyde Aikau (Haw)  
1989/1990: Keone Downing (Haw)  
1998/1999: Noah Johnson (Haw)  
2000/2001: Ross Clarke-Jones (Aus)  
2004/2005: Bruce Irons (Haw)  
2001/2002: Kelly Slater (USA)  
2009/2010: Greg Long (USA)

Author: 
Lauren Rolland
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