THE LEGACY LIVES ON

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Thu, Feb 21, 2019:
THE EDDIE IS OFF, PENDING NEW SWELL INFORMATION

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THE HISTORY

The Eddie is the premier Event in the sport of Surfing – The Super Bowl of Surfing. The Eddie Big Wave Invitational celebrates the current lineage of big wave surfers, as well as the ones that came before. The legend of Eddie Aikau is an important part of Hawaiian Culture. Eddie Aikau was a championship athlete, a waterman, and a family man who truly cared for others. Eddie was not just the 1st lifeguard at Waimea Bay; he was the 1st lifeguard for the entire North Shore, and saved over 500 people throughout his career. Eddie would brave the waves that often reached 30 feet or more, when no one else would go out. It’s important to keep his legacy alive and inspire the next generation to live like Eddie did.

The 33rd annual Eddie Big Wave Invitational is aiming to bring focus onto Hawaiian Culture, with a goal to share the stories and legacy of Hawaii with the world. With the Waimea Valley extending behind Waimea Bay, this is an area rich with historic Hawaiian Cultural significance.

THE 2018-2019 BIG WAVE INVITATIONAL

The Eddie Aikau Foundation is proud to announce that most prestigious and widely broadcasted surf contest in the world, The Eddie, will resume in 2018-2019.

With all eyes on Waimea Bay in 2016, The Eddie is the biggest surfing event ever. There were over 1.2 million views of the live stream from fans from more than 200 countries around the world.

Just as in year’s past, the contest will run if surf heights consistently reach 20-feet between December 1, 2018 through February 28, 2019. The Eddie will invite 28 surfers and alternates to showcase their high-performance surfing at Waimea Bay.

INVITEES

Grant Baker
Lucas Chianca
Ross Clarke-Jones
Danilo Couto
Shane Dorian
Nathan Fletcher
John John Florence
Nathan Florence
Sunny Garcia
Aaron Gold
Mark Healey
Mason Ho
Bruce Irons
Billy Kemper
Keala Kennelly
Ezekiel Lau
Kai Lenny
Greg Long
Keali‘i Mamala
Garrett McNamara
Jamie Mitchell
Jamie O’Brien
Joel Parkinson
Makuakai Rothman
Koa Rothman
Kelly Slater
Takayuki Wakita
Ian Walsh
Dave Wassel

ALTERNATES

  1. Kyle Shipman
  2. Michael Ho
  3. Landon McNamara
  4. Luke Shepardson
  5. Ramon Navarro
  6. Reef McIntosh
  7. Kohl Christensen
  8. Chris Owens
  9. Tyler Laronde
  10. Ben Wilkinson
  11. Kala Alexander
  12. Rodrigo Koxa
  13. Tom Carroll
  14. Paige Alms (for Keala Kennelly)
  15. Mark Mathew
  16. Jamie Sterling
  17. Shawn Dollar
  18. Carlos Burle
  19. Gabriel Villaran
  20. Kahea Hart
  21. Damien Hobgood
  22. Kalani Chapman
  23. Ryan Hipwood
  24. Danny Fuller
  25. Nic Lamb
  26. Anthony Tashnick
  27. Rusty Long
  28. Derek Dunfee
  29. Jeremy Flores
  30. Noah Johnson
  31. Peter Mel
  32. Andrew Cotton
  33. Duane DeSoto
  34. Kainoa McGee
  35. Ikaika Kalama
  36. Tyler Fox
  37. Brad Gerlach
  38. Vincent Lartizen
  39. Mike Parsons
  40. Axi Muniain
  41. Benjamin Sanchis
  42. Damien Warr
  43. Sebastian Steudtner
  44. Eric Akiskalian
  45. Dan Corbett
  46. Francisco Porcella
  47. Antonio Silva
  48. Gautier Garanx
  49. Antonio Balau
  50. Mick Corbett
  51. Jarryd Foster
  52. Lance Hoʻokano
  53. Rusty Keaulana
  54. Hugo Vau
  55. Pedro Scooby
  56. Yuri Soledade
  57. Trevor Sven Carlson

THE 2018-2019 OPENING CEREMONY

On Thursday, November 29th, the opening ceremony for the 2018 Eddie Aikau Big Wave Invitational was held at Waimea Bay. For the first time ever, the afternoon included Hawaiian protocol and an ‘awa ceremony led by haumāna before the surfers paddled out to meet the Hōkūle‘a. The evening ended with dinner by Duke’s and performances by Kimie Miner, Paula Fuga, Kaumakaiwa Kanaka‘ole and Mana Mele.

Photos: Mike Ito

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Eddie Aikau Foundation
352 Auwaiolimu Street
Honolulu, HI 96813

www.eddieaikaufoundation.org

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