THE LEGACY LIVES ON

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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 34th 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 2019-2020 BIG WAVE INVITATIONAL

The Holding Period for the 2018-2019 Eddie Aikau Big Wave Challenge is Set for
December 1, 2019 till February 29, 2020

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, 2019 through February 29, 2020. The Eddie will invite 55 surfers, alternates and legends to showcase their high-performance surfing at Waimea Bay.

INVITEES

Aaron Gold

Andrea Moller

Ben Wilkinson

Billy Kemper

Bruce Irons

Danilo Couto

Dave Wassel

Eli Olson

Emi Erickson

Grant Baker

Greg Long

Ian Walsh

Jamie O’Brien

Jamie Mitchell

John John Florence

Kai Lenny

Keala Kennelly

Keali‘i Mamala

Kelly Slater

Koa Rothman

Landon McNamara

Lucas Chianca

Luke Shepardson

Makuakai Rothman

Mark Healey

Mason Ho

Nathan Florence

Nathan Fletcher

Paige Alms

Ross Clarke-Jones

Shane Dorian

Tikanui Smith

MALE ALTERNATES

  1. Tyler Larronde
  2. Kyle Shipman
  3. Kohl Christensen
  4. Chris Bertish
  5. Chris Owens
  6. Mike Pietsch
  7. Torrey Meister
  8. Alex Martins
  9. Ryan Seelbach
  10. Matt Bromley
  11. Reef McIntosh
  12. Ezekiel Lau
  13. Jamie Sterling

FEMALE ALTERNATES

  1. Bianca Valenti
  2. Raquel Heckert
  3. Justine Dupont
  4. Silvia Nabuco
  5. Laura Enever

ACCOMMODATIONS

The world famous Turtle Bay Resort is THE place to stay on the north shore. A truly iconic landmark, the Turtle Bay Resort offers room to roam across more than 800 acres of property, this is the place to literally get away from it all.

BOOK NOW: TurtleBayResort.com

THE 2019-2020 OPENING CEREMONY

Thursday, December 5, 2019 | Waimea Bay

Pū Kani – 10:00am
Hawaiian Protocol: Oli Komo / Oli Pane
Uncle Clyde Presentation to Haumāna

Piko ‘Āina – 1:00pm
‘Aha ‘Awa Ceremony

Pū Kani – 3:30pm
Paddle Out

Pū kani – 4:00pm
Lū‘au by Duke’s Waikīkī
Entertainment: John Cruz / Mark Campos and his band Pueo /
Hawaiian Airlines Serenaders

Pau – Napo‘o ‘ana o ka lā (sunset)

PHOTOS FROM THE 2018-2019 OPENING CEREMONY

Photos: Mike Ito

MAHALO TO OUR SPONSORS

We invite you to experience Hawaiʻiʻs Living Culture in Waimea Valley, deeply rooted in authentic Hawaiian History, Culture, Spirituality and Tradition.

VISIT: WaimeaValley.net

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CONTACT US

Eddie Aikau Foundation
352 Auwaiolimu Street
Honolulu, HI 96813

www.eddieaikaufoundation.org