2008 – 2009 Eddie Aikau at Waimea Bay

The winter season has been “epic” for the North Shore of Oahu.  The Vans Triple Crown of Surfing completed all three jewels with great competition. Swells have been piling up keeping all the surfing enthusiasts from around the world making the pilgrimage to breaks like Pipeline and Sunset.

This week, marked the largest surf arriving to the Hawaiian islands with wave face heights predicted to reach 35 feet. All this buzz is creating anticipation that the Quicksilver Eddie Aikau Big Wave Event at Waimea Bay will go off. The event, which has a holding period of 3 months, has only occurred 7 times in the past 23 years with the most recent being just over 3 years ago in December of 2005. I was able to make that one, and believe me, you want to take off of work and make it up there.

The Eddie is an invitation only event to honor legendary big wave surfer Eddie Aikau who passed away more than 30 years ago trying to save shipmates from a terrible storm. The best big wave riders in the world travel to the North Shore of Oahu to compete in a paddle only surfing event that happens when conditions are right. Paddle only means no watercraft tow-in, and conditions being right are 30 foot plus wave face heights.

So will the Eddie go in 2009?

Well this week has brought massive surf to the Hawaiian islands with wave heights expected to reach 30 feet. However, the week has also brought poor conditions, with wind gusts reaching 60 miles per hour, rain causing the bay to turn brown and surf that just looks choppy.

Looks like the Eddie Aikau Invitational won’t go this week from the most recent article at the Quicksilver site, here, but we’ll be tracking the progress and let you know as soon as we know.