Invitees discuss board choice for the Quiksilver Eddie..
Quiksilver Big Wave Invitational in Memory of Eddie Aikau
ASP Specialty Event
Waimea Bay Oahu, Hawaii
1 December 2008 - 28 February 2009
2008 Invitees Discuss Board Choices in this Week's Waimea Weekly Update Webisodes with Mark Healey
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 24 December, 2008 : - - Invitees and Alternates for The Quiksilver in Memory of Eddie Aikau expect another quiet week on the North Pacific horizon. The jetstream has pulled north, taking the swell-generating systems with it. As a result, the North Shore of Oahu anticipates mostly small surf this week with a bump to around six-feet (Hawaiian scale) mid-week.
As December draws to a close, conditions start to look more promising for a return to typical larger winter wave heights. Statistically the biggest surf arrives through January and February, allowing still plenty of opportunity remaining in the event's holding period window.
In this week's Waimea Weekly Update, Quiksilver team-rider and 2008 Invitee Mark Healey interviews a handful of Invitees including Kelly Slater, Peter Mel, Tom Carroll, Bruce Irons as well as veteran Eddie Invitees Brock Little, Titus Kinimaka and Keone Downing as they discuss what boards they will be surfing when the event goes. Big-wave guns, like the ones that will be surfed at Waimea, can range from 9-foot to over 11 feet in length and vary in dimensions and fin set-up.
To see the full webisode, viewers can tune-in at quiksilver.com/eddie. These video clips along with other videos from The Quiksilver in Memory of Eddie Aikau are available for syndication through Splashcast; videos can be embedded to blogs, social networking sites and more.
Special thanks to Pat Caldwell from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) for the swell data and forecasts. Current conditions and surf report for Waimea Bay, provided by Surfline, is available on the event website. Visitors can also sign up for the official text alert for when the Bay Calls the Day.
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