With the Hawaiian surf forecast still delivering potential for 20-foot surf this Thursday, January 20, organizers and competitors are making precautionary preparations in case the Quiksilver In Memory of Eddie Aikau, Fueled by Monster Energy, can run.
Organizers of the Quiksilver In Memory of Eddie Aikau, Fueled by Monster Energy are monitoring the development of another swell in the Pacific northwest that has the potential to develop into an extra large swell around January 21/22.
To Hawaiians, Waimea Bay is a magical place; an ahupua'a, or natural land division that is self-contained, providing everything necessary to sustain life, from the mountain to the ocean and the waves, and between the valley walls.
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.
The world's most celebrated big wave riders gathered under heavy skies at Waimea Bay today for the traditional opening ceremony of the 26th annual Quiksilver In Memory of Eddie Aikau, fueled by Monster Energy.
Of the eight years that The Quiksilver In Memory of Eddie has been held at Waimea Bay, the Eddie of January 1999, won by Hawaii's Noah Johnson, was the only La Nina winter. So while the odds are definitely slimmer on a La Nina year, it only takes one day of giant surf to hit the ON switch at the Bay.