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‘Eddie’ holding period ending

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    Ian Walsh caught a wave, in Feb. 2016, at the Quiksilver in Memory of Eddie Aikau big wave surfing contest.

The three-month waiting period for the 2016/17 Quiksilver in Memory of Eddie Aikau Big Wave Invitational will end at 4 p.m. Tuesday, the World Surf League announced today.

The “Eddie” at Waimea Bay is a WSL specialty event and only runs, “when wave face heights hit the range of 40-feet-plus for a full day of competition — an opportunity that did not present itself this winter,” the WSL said in a statement.

A weakening northwest swell is expected to bring surf up to 7 to 9 feet this morning at Waimea Bay, falling to 4 to 5 feet Tuesday afternoon, according to surfline.com.

The holding period began December 1, 2016.

The prestigious event began in 1985 honoring the late Eddie Aikau, the North Shore’s first lifeguard. He died in 1978 after attempting to seek help for fellow crew members on the Hōkūle’a.

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