Schedule : Next call at 8.30AM
Last week's opening ceremony of the 26th annual Quiksilver In Memory of Eddie Aikau was proof positive of the camaraderie shared among surfing's big wave brotherhood and the impassioned support it garners from the global neighborhood.
Where professional surfing can sometimes draw a line in the sand between stars and competitors, the blessing circle of The Eddie is where spectators and fans become one with surfing's inner circle.
Big wave riders have always been known as a unique breed; they position themselves in the seam between the mundane movements of everyday life and Mother Nature's occasional fury.
"It's kind of a strange thing we do," said Invitee and 2009 Eddie charger Kohl Christensen. "For the most part we're guys with day jobs doing the usual things, but maybe four or five times a year we have the opportunity to actually do what we're living for: ride giant waves."
Unlike any other big wave event on Earth, The Quiksilver In Memory of Eddie Aikau spans generations of men who have quietly moved through life, sporadically taking on the chaos of nature. It began with guys just like Eddie; surfers with day jobs, modest material needs and the flexibility of schedule that allows them to ride on the days when the big waves roll.
Hawaii is a simple place; the pace of life has always been dictated by the ocean, the moon, sun and tides. It was made for big waves, positioned perfectly in the Pacific like a natural speed hump for giant storms. It's a paradise for surfers and Nirvana for those who stay in step with nature. Waimea Bay is the epicenter, and once in a handful of years, it comes to life.