It might take a massive swell for the Quiksilver In Memory of Eddie Aikau to be called “ON”, but the event that pays tribute to the legendary Hawaiian and his powerful legacy takes place every year, without fail: The official Opening Ceremony.
Big wave riding’s greatest gathering of the tribe happens once a year, on December 1st at Waimea Bay, when the 28 Invitees, 24 Alternates, surf legends past and present, and the Aikau family gather to pay sincere respects to Eddie. It’s a true ‘chicken skin’ moment.
The Opening Ceremony is a time when surfing embraces the Hawaiian culture from which it was born. Big Island Kahu Billy Mitchell, personal advisor to the Aikau Family, offers a blessing and rich insight for the surfers and organizers. He reminds them of whose footsteps they follow in and the role and responsibility they now have in carrying forth both the spirit of Aikau, and the ultimate brotherhood of big wave riders.
Waimea Bay has been the Mecca for big wave riders for more than 60 years, and the Eddie Opening Ceremony is a time to reflect upon big wave surfing’s ancestry.
“Nothing touches the Eddie, anybody will agree,” said Quiksilver charger Mark Healey in a recent interview. “There are a lot of other big waves and there are even bigger waves out there, but the thing about the Eddie is the history and the legacy of it.”
Should you find yourself on the Island of Oahu on December 1st, please join us in celebrating the life of Eddie Aikau, and the spirit of big wave riding.
E komo mai….Welcome.
For more information visit www.quiksilverlive.com/eddieaikau/2012/