30th annual Quiksilver in Memory of Eddie Aikau
Waimea Bay, Oahu, Hawaii
December 2014 - February 2015
Contest doesn't run each year, but the ceremony does
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 2 December, 2014 - The Opening Ceremony for the 30th annual Quiksilver In Memory of Eddie Aikau will be held this week at Waimea Bay on Thursday, December 4, at 3 p.m. and will include the event’s official Invitees and Alternates, as well as members of the Aikau family.
The Quiksilver In Memory of Eddie Aikau was last held on December 9, 2009, and was won by California’s Greg Long. Long-range surf forecasts are currently eyeing the development of a potential “Eddie”-sized swell that could also arrive around December 9. The event has only been held a total of 8 times.
The Quiksilver In Memory of Eddie Aikau is a one-day big wave riding event that only takes place if and when waves meet a 20-foot minimum height, during the holding period of December 1 through February 28, each Hawaiian winter.
"The Eddie" is the original big wave surfing event and has become an icon of surfing through its honor, integrity and rarity.
The event honors Hawaiian hero Eddie Aikau, whose legacy is the respect he held for the ocean; his concern for the safety of all who entered it on his watch; and the way with which he rode Waimea Bay on its most giant and memorable days.
1985/1986 : Denton Miyamura (HAW)
1989/1990 : Keone Downing (HAW)
2000/2001 : Ross Clarke-Jones (AUS)
2004/2005 : Bruce Irons (HAW)
1986/1987 : Clyde Aikau (HAW)
1998/1999 : Noah Johnson (HAW)
2001/2002 : Kelly Slater (USA)
2009/2010 : Greg Long (USA)
John John Florence