The Day Eddie Almost Went

Edie would go. In Hawaii that’s synonymous with big waves and the men that ride them. Every year when winter rolls around, people on the North Shore collectively hold their breaths to see whether or not Waimea Bay will pump out waves big enough for the Eddie Aikau to be held. We’re talking monster waves, at least 30 feet tall with consistent sets.

Just last week it was announced that conditions looked good and that the contest was a go. Thousands of people flocked to Waimea, many even camping out the night before. Unfortunately, Mother Nature is a fickle beast and conditions didn’t meet contest criteria. Fans of the event were disappointed, but still seemed happy that they were able to spend a morning at the beach with friends.

Since the Quiksilver In Memory of Eddie Aikau was established in 1984, the contest has only been held eight times. The last time was in 2009, and I remember being at work and bummed out that I couldn’t be there in person. But thanks to the internet, I was still able to watch the whole thing live while I worked. (I promise I did do some work that day!)

There are only two weeks left in February, so odds are that 2016 is a bust and that the Eddie won’t be held.

Update: EDDIE DID GO! On Thursday, February 25, North Shore boy John John Florence brought home the win.

Photo Credit: Nigel Guerrero