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Quiksilver In Memory of Eddie Aikau Invitees Announced PDF Print E-mail
By: Jodi Wilmott   
Monday, 22 November 2010

Waimea Bay, HAWAII ---  launched today with the announcement of the 28 coveted Invitees and 24 Alternates to The Quiksilver In Memory of Eddie Aikau, fueled by Monster Energy. The event will be held on one day, between December 1, 2010 and February 28, 2011, when waves exceed the 20-foot minimum threshold and Invitees contend for the $98,000 prize purse. The traditional opening ceremony will take place at 2:30pm, December 2nd, 2010, at Waimea Bay.

Monster Energy will be presenting the Monster Drop Award for the surfer who makes the most critical drop and rides out of it during the event. The judges will determine the winner the day of the competition and will present the chosen surfer with a unique Monster Drop Specialty Award.

   Invitees                                                           Alternates

                            Clyde Aikau HAW                                              Kahea Hart HAW (Aikau Pick)

                            Kala Alexander HAW                                        Ross Williams HAW

                            Tom Carroll AUS                                                Nathan Fletcher USA

                            Kohl Christensen HAW                                     Mark Mathews AUS

                            Ross Clarke-Jones AUS                                     Sion Miloski HAW

                            Shane Dorian HAW                                          Kalani Chapman HAW

                            Keone Downing HAW                                      Keoni Watson HAW

                            Sunny Garcia HAW                                           Anthony Tashnick USA

                            Mark Healey HAW                                            Ian Walsh HAW

                            Michael Ho HAW                                              Koby Abberton AUS

                            Bruce Irons HAW                                              Danny Fuller HAW

                            Noah Johnson HAW                                         Kealii Mamala HAW

                            Rusty Keaulana HAW                                       Ken Collins USA

                            Brock Little HAW                                              Myles Padaca HAW

                            Greg Long USA                                                  Laurie Towner AUS

                            Reef McIntosh HAW                                         Jamie Mitchell AUS

                            Garrett McNamara HAW                                 Paul Patterson AUS

                            Peter Mel USA                                                   Andrew Marr HAW

                            Ramon Navarro CHL                                         Rusty Long USA

                            Jamie O'Brien HAW                                          Tony Ray AUS

                            Makuakai Rothman HAW                                Derek Ho HAW

                            Kelly Slater USA                                                  Taylor Knox USA

                            Jamie Sterling HAW                                          Tau Hannemann HAW

                           Dave Wassell HAW                                             Manoa Drollet TAH

                           Grant Baker ZAF

                           Chris Bertish EU

                           Carlos Burle BRA

                           Takayuki Wakita JPN


                          Honorary Invitees

                          Donny Solomon HAW

                          Jay Moriarity USA

                          Lester Falatea HAW

                          Mark Foo HAW

                          Peter Davi USA

                                  Tiger Espere HAW 

                          Todd Chesser HAW

                          Andy Irons HAW


 Held in honor of the legendary Hawaiian waterman, Eddie Aikau, The Quiksilver in Memory of Eddie Aikau gathers the most skillful and dynamic big-wave surfers from around the globe. The Eddie is a surfer's ultimate challenge, employing unassisted manpower to physically paddle into and ride giant waves. 

The Quiksilver In Memory of Eddie Aikau is the world's longest running and most prestigious big-wave invitational and is the only one sanctioned by the Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP), the governing body of professional surfing.
What began as a local tribute to one of Hawaii's favorite surfing sons in 1984, soon took on a life all its own and the story is the reason why this event continues to grow. Eddie Aikau has come to personify all of the human qualities we honor today: respect, humility, passion, and a love for fellow man. Waimea Bay was the canvas upon which his story is told each year, in his memory. For over 25 years, it is a story that has traversed the globe to touch hearts, minds and imaginations: a life lived with passion, dedicated with meaning, and exited from heroically. 
Just 31 years of age when he lost his life in an attempt to save others, Aikau has physically been gone longer - 33 years - than he was here. But far from being forgotten, his life, the waves he rode, and the lives he saved on his ancestral grounds at Waimea Bay have become a part of history, passed on from person to person around the world like a wave seeking shore. 
The Eddie has run just eight times in 25 years. You don't want to miss it when the Bay calls the momentous day. Go to for swell updates, happenings from the North Shore, and to sign up for text alerts to make sure you're the first to know when the Bay calls the day!
About Quiksilver

"Quiksilver is committed to providing tools for uncovering, expressing and expanding your personal style. Our aim is to foster the sense of individual expression and excitement - the stoke that is the essence of boardriding*.  We're also here to spread the word because the only thing better than finding stoke is sharing it.

 ***Boardriding is about timing and style. It's youthful, active, casual, and free flowing.  There is no wrong way to ride a board. The goal is simply to learn, progress, improve, and give it your own interpretation."
About Monster Energy 
Monster Energy supports the sport. Be it big wave surfing, insane distance jumping, MX, rally, SX, MotoGP, road racing, supermoto, off-road, FMX, skate, MTB, rock crawling, wake, mini bikes, snow, BMX - name it - the athletes are rockin' Monster Energy more than anything these days. Check out all the types - Original Monster Energy, Monster Lo-Carb, Monster Assault, Monster Khaos, Monster's fruit juice hybrid dubbed "M-80," the party-friendly MIXXD, the ground-breaking Java Monster premium coffee & cream drink line supercharged with our Monster Energy blend, along with the new Monster Energy "Hitman" energy shot. On the 'Net at  and

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