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'Eddie' big wave surf competition is a 'no-go'

By Craig Gima

LAST UPDATED: 07:28 a.m. HST, Jan 21, 2014

Organizers of the Quiksilver in Memory of Eddie Aikau big wave surfing competition say the event is a 'no-go" even though the biggest swell in a decade is forecast to arrive on Wednesday.

"We have taken all the time we can to assess the developments of the next big swell and it does not look favorable for us," said event organizer Glen Moncata. "The size is there, but the quality is not, due to strong, adverse winds. We will continue to wait for the right conditions."

The swell will start building today and should peak Wednesday morning with waves of 40 to 50 feet. But a cold front is also expected to move over Oahu tonight and Wednesday, bringing unfavorable winds and rain.

Contestants, who fly in from around the world to participate in invitation-only contest, must be notified about the contest, which is why the decision had to be made today on whether the contest will be held.

The National Weather Service says the cold front is expected to arrive tonight and could bring northwest winds of 20 to 25 mph, with higher gusts, and heavy rains through Wednesday morning.

The Quiksilver In Memory of Eddie Aikau is a one-day big wave event requiring wave-face heights of around 40 feet (20-foot Hawaiian-style measurements). The event was last held on Dec. 8, 2009, and has only been held a total of eight times in its 29-year history. It is only held when wave heights and surf conditions meet contest standards.

The holding period for the contest runs until the end of February.

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kbarber wrote:
Quicksilver doesn't have the cash to run the contest so they will find any excuse to not run it and just sell the Tshirts
on January 20,2014 | 12:11PM
Mythman wrote:
True that on Qsilver ------
on January 20,2014 | 01:18PM
Hapa_Haole_Boy wrote:
Shibai, trash-talking punk, nothing more.
on January 20,2014 | 11:46PM
Mythman wrote:
Go, Eddie, Go!!!!
on January 20,2014 | 01:18PM
dlum003 wrote:
Quiksilver's aside, If you guys knew anything about the individuals directly involved in running this event (starting with the legendary George Downing) you'd be embarrassed by your ignorant comments. They truly care about honoring Eddie and the Aikau familiy, the mana of the bay, and the best conditions and safety of these amazing athletes. Dont buy a tee shirt if thats what your simple mind percieves that as the intent, astute people are in charge of the call, not tee shirt vendors.
on January 20,2014 | 03:31PM
kentfonoimoana wrote:
Ditto ^^^
on January 20,2014 | 04:45PM
Mythman wrote:
So your claim is hat Qsilver is in good shape and has no problem financing everything is verifiable by an accounting of the money not the love for Eddie. Love and money don't always go together. It is going around the Qsilveer is having money problems. Do you know otherwise, factually?
on January 21,2014 | 04:14AM
Anonymous wrote:
guys akamai
on January 20,2014 | 07:40PM
epong wrote:
would love to see this event happen.
on January 21,2014 | 05:41AM
mayihavesumor wrote:
There have been so many bigger and more challenging waves ridden since Waimea was considered the premier big wave spot it now seems kind of quaint. Maybe if they call 40 feet "2 feet Hawaiian" would that help?
on January 21,2014 | 05:43AM
Mythman wrote:
Eddie was the original and Eddie was Hawaiian - everybody else comes later. Had he lived, it could have been him riding those other waves.
on January 21,2014 | 07:27AM
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