Credit: Pete Claproth
The Eddie Aikau Big Wave Invitational is set to showcase the world’s best big wave surfers. And for the first time in the event’s history, women will venture into the 20-plus foot waves of Waimea Bay alongside men. The event is set for 22 January. It was originally scheduled for 11 January, but the forecast didn’t look ideal. For this Sunday, however, hopes are high that a massive swell will arrive on the North Shore and bring the best out of Waimea. We will see Andrea Moller, Emily Erickson, Justine Dupont, Keala Kennelly and Paige Alms in the showdown of the Eddie Big Wave Invitational. The invited surfers are Kelly Slater, John John Florence, Nic von Rupp, Billy Kemper and Kai Lenny among many other great surfers.
The last event was held in 2016 and John John Florence took the well deserved win. As the event requires gigantic swells, it has only been held seven times in history. The prestigious event is a memorial to Eddie Aikau, Waimea Bay’s first lifeguard, who saved many lives in his career racing in crazy 30-foot-plus waves. His legacy is kept alive through the event and puts the spotlight on Hawaiian culture.
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