Saturday, February 28th, 2009

The Quiksilver in Memory of Eddie Aikau holding period officially draws to a close today, February 28, 2009. Since the event’s inception in the winter of 1984/85, it has only been held seven times, due to the event’s uncompromising wave requirement of minimum 20-foot surf Hawaiian-scale (40 foot faces). It last ran in December of 2004. The 2009/2010 Quiksilver in Memory of Eddie Aikau will be the 25th anniversary of the event.

“This is an event like no other,” says Contest Director George Downing. “It began as a tribute to one of Hawaii’s greatest big-wave riders, Eddie Aikau, who loved to ride Waimea Bay on those magical, rare days of 20 feet Hawaiian and above. In staging this event, the events sponsors have established a standard that they have maintained now for 24 years. That standard honors Aikau’s passion and ensures that surfers and the public alike will be treated to an exceptional event when it runs.”

Held in honor of the legendary Hawaiian waterman and first lifeguard at Waimea Bay, Eddie Aikau, The Quiksilver in Memory of Eddie Aikau is the most prestigious and longest-standing big-wave surfing contest in the world.

‘Carlos has been invited over a handful of times since this competition began, it calls on the cream of the big wave world and for this were stoked to be a part of the event and Carlos’ participation’, said Tommy Kay, Finisterre’s founder.