Waimea Bay, HAWAII --- Quiksilver.com/Eddie 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.
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
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 Quiksilver.com/Eddie 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!
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