ASB MAGAZINE: The 33rd Annual Eddie Big Wave Invitational is back. The Eddie Aikau Foundation announced that the iconic big wave surfing event will return to Waimea Bay to celebrate the legacy of North Shore’s first lifeguard. The contest is held in memory of the late Eddie Aikau, a surfer and waterman who was lost at sea during Hokulea’s voyage from Hawaii to Tahiti in 1978. Australia’s Joel Parkinson received an invite to ‘The Eddie’ and currently leads the Hawaiian Triple Crown in his final year on the WCT Tour.
The Eddie, formerly known as In Memory of Eddie Aikau, will feature 28 surfers and alternates and won’t be sponsored by any surf company. The Office of Hawaiian Affairs (OHA), Kamehameha Schools, Waimea Valley, DTL, Salt + Air Studios, L&L Hawaiian and Duke’s Waikiki will be supporting this year’s edition. Australia’s Joel Parkinson received an invite to ‘The Eddie’ and currently leads the Hawaiian Triple Crown in his final year on the WCT Tour.
The opening ceremony of The Eddie will take place at Waimea Bay on November 29, on the North Shore of Oahu. The bay will call the day whenever waves reach 20 feet at Waimea Bay, from December 1, 2018, to February 28, 2019.
The Eddie was last run in 2016 in historical conditions. In the past 31 years, it was only held nine times.
2018/2019 Eddie Big Wave Invitational | Invitees
John John Florence
2018/2019 Eddie Big Wave Invitational | Alternates
Paige Alms / Keala Kennelly
Trevor Sven Carlson