Looks like the “Eddie” will be a go after all.
Surf company and sponsor Quiksilver and the Aikau family announced in a joint statement today that they have resolved their differences, allowing the 2016-2017 Quiksilver in Memory of Eddie Aikau Big Wave Invitational to be held this year.
Late last month, the family had announced that it was severing ties with Quiksilver over unresolved differences. The family did not give details on their concerns but had said it did not involve money.
The Eddie, which has been held only nine times in its 31-year history, runs only when Waimea surf conditions reach the 20-foot-plus range Hawaiian scale, or 40 to 50-foot faces. The Eddie waiting period will begin Thursday and extends through February.
The World Surf League will produce the event at Waimea Bay and manage the broadcast and media.