December 5, 2012

The Opening Ceremony – Quiksilver In Memory of Eddie Aikau 2012-13

Just 32 years of age when he was lost at sea during an ill-fated voyage of Hawaii’s Hokule’a double-hull sailing canoe in 1978, Aikau was a young man at the height of a career equally dedicated to big-wave riding and lifeguarding at historic Waimea Bay. Filled with a pure passion to ride giant surf, take care of his fellow man, and uphold his Hawaiian culture and family values, Aikau became the benchmark by which all big wave riders are measured.

The opening ceremony for The Quiksilver In Memory of Eddie Aikau big wave invitational took place on the sands of Waimea Bay, on the North Shore of Oahu, Hawaii, November 29th. The 28 Invitees and 28 Alternates of this year’s event shared in the celebration with the family of Eddie Aikau to celebrate the life of one of Hawaii’s most respected big wave riders and heroes.

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