Tuesday 24 October 2017 / 11:14 AM

In Memory of Eddie Aikau Big Wave event called On

The Quiksilver in Memory of Eddie Aikau, a WSL Specialty Event, is called ON for Wednesday, February 10 at the world-renowned Waimea Bay. This will be the ninth time this prestigious event has run in its storied, 31-year history.

The best big wave surfers will take on the 20-foot-plus (Hawaiian) swell as organizers anticipate a solid day of surf that will meet the event’s strict wave face height requirement of 40 feet, with favorable light winds in the morning, turning light trades by afternoon.

“It has taken us six years to pull the trigger, but this is the first swell we have seen that is truly lining up as an Eddie swell,” said Event Director Glen Moncata.

Moncata and the organizing team continue to confer with event patriarch George Downing, who has made the call on every event since its inception.

“As George has famously said, ‘The Bay Calls the Day’ and that will be Wednesday,” added Moncata.

The Eddie will be contested by 28 invitees, including BWT current rankings’ leader and 2009 Eddie winner Greg Long (USA); Clyde Aikau (HAW), Eddie’s brother and winner of the second Eddie event; and 11-time World Champion and 2001/2002 Eddie winner Kelly Slater (USA).

This WSL Specialty Big-Wave event is named for native Hawaiian, champion big wave surfer, and life-saving Waimea Bay lifeguard, Eddie Aikau. The event honors Aikau’s legendary courage.

The Quiksilver in Memory of Eddie Aikau will be webcast LIVE at WorldSurfLeague.com as well as the WSL app. The event will be carried by our LIVE broadcast partners Fox Sports Australia, CNS Sports in the United States, ESPN Brasil, Globosat, Edgesport, Sky NZ, Sport TV, Canal + Deportes, Channel Nine, MCS, and Starhub.

The Quiksilver in Memory of Eddie Aikau Heat Draw:

Round 1/Heat 1

Shane Dorian (HAW)

Kohl Christensen (HAW)

Greg Long (USA)

Ramon Navarro (CHL)

Sunny Garcia (HAW)

Ross Clarke-Jones (AUS)

Jamie Mitchell (AUS)

Round 1/Heat 2

Kelly Slater (USA)

David Wassell (HAW)

Grant Baker (ZAF)

Reef McIntosh (HAW)

Jamie O’Brien (HAW)

Aaron Gold (HAW)

Tom Carroll (AUS)

Round 1/Heat 3

John John Florence (HAW)

Mark Healey (HAW)

Clyde Aikau (HAW)

Nathan Fletcher (USA)

Noah Johnson (HAW)

Peter Mel (USA)

Takayuki Wakita (JPN)

Round 1/Heat 4

Bruce Irons (HAW)

Makua Rothman (HAW)

Ian Walsh (HAW)

Albee Layer (HAW)

Kala Alexander (HAW)

Garrett McNamara (HAW)

Jeremy Flores (FRA)

Round 2/Heat 1

Shane Dorian (HAW)

Kohl Christensen (HAW)

Greg Long (USA)

Reef McIntosh (HAW)

Jamie O’Brien (HAW)

Aaron Gold (HAW)

Tom Carroll (AUS)

Round 2/Heat 2

Kelly Slater (USA)

David Wassell (HAW)

Grant Baker (ZAF)

Ramon Navarro (CHL)

Sunny Garcia (HAW)

Ross Clarke-Jones (AUS)

Jamie Mitchell (AUS)

Round 2/Heat 3

John John Florence (HAW)

Mark Healey (HAW)

Clyde Aikau (HAW)

Albee Layer (HAW)

Kala Alexander (HAW)

Garrett McNamara (HAW)

Jeremy Flores (FRA)

Round 2/Heat 4

Bruce Irons (HAW)

Makua Rothman (HAW)

Ian Walsh (HAW)

Nathan Fletcher (USA)

NOah Johnson (HAW)

Peter Mel (USA)

Takayuki Wakita (JPN)

Alternates List

Mason Ho (HAW)

Danilo Couto (BRA)

Mark Mathews (AUS)

Koa Rothman (HAW)

Ben Wilkinson (AUS)

Jamie Sterling (AUS)

Billy Kemper (HAW)

Shawn Dollar (USA)

Carlos Burle (BRA)

Kealii Mamala (HAW)

Gabriel Villaran (USA)

Michael Ho (HAW)

Kai Lenny (HAW)

Kahea Hart (HAW)

Nathan Florence (HAW)

Damien Hobgood (USA)

Kalani Chapman (HAW)

Ryan Hipwood (AUS)

Danny Fuller (HAW)

Nic Lamb (USA)

Anthony Tashnick (HAW)

Rusty Long (HAW)

Derek Dunfee (USA)

Brock Little (USA)

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