Surfers Brave Massive Waves At Rare "Eddie" Competition In Hawaii
The prestigious big wave competition is only called if waves reach heights of 20 feet at Oahu's Waimea Bay. Thursday's event was the first time it was held in 6 years.
The world's best big wave surfers gathered at Waimea Bay, Hawaii, Thursday to compete in the first Quicksilver in Memory of Eddie Aikau since 2009.
The surf competition, known as the Eddie, requires swells that reach a minimum of 20 feet to be called.
A total of 28 surfers were invited to Thursday's event — including former winners Kelly Slater, Ross Clarke-Jones, Bruce Irons, and Greg Long.
The Eddie is dedicated to its namesake, a Native Hawaiian who became the first lifeguard at Waimea Bay in 1968. The 31-year-old was lost at sea after he swam for help when a double-hulled canoe that was meant to recreate how ancient Polynesians migrated capsized.