What: Quiksilver Big Wave Invitational in Memory of Eddie Aikau, ASP Specialty Event Where: Waimea Bay, North Shore, Oahu When: Thursday, December 4, 2008 at 3:00 pm

The official opening ceremony for The Quiksilver in Memory of Eddie Aikau big wave contest at Waimea Bay on the North Shore of Oahu is scheduled for today. This year’s invited surfers, including Kelly Slater, Bruce Irons, Andy Irons, Mark Healy, Takayuki Wakita, Brian Keaulana along with the Aikau Family and special guests, will be on hand to celebrate the 24th anniversary of this unique big-wave riding event.

Though the swell is predicted to be sub-Eddie standards today, it is still expected to reach 15-18 feet Hawaiian scale, which translates into 25-30 foot wave faces, and will provide a valuable warm-up opportunity for big-wave riders invited to this prestigious event.

Scheduled to take place at the hallowed grounds of Waimea Bay, on the North Shore of Oahu, between November 30, 2008, and February 28, 2009, the event, otherwise known as "The Eddie", requires one day with a minimum of 20-foot surf (Hawaiian scale) in order to run.

It is the world's most prestigious big-wave surfing event and is the only big-wave surf contest sanctioned by the Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP), the governing body of professional surfing. The opening ceremonies, which have been described as a cultural new year, include a group paddle and intimate session in the water.

Invitees include: Andy Irons, Brian Keaulana, Brock Little, Bruce Irons, Carlos Burle, Clyde Aikau, Darryl Virostko, Greg Long, Ian Walsh, Jamie O’Brien, Jamie Sterling, Kelly Slater, Keone Downing, Makua Rothman, Mark Healey, Michael Ho, Noah Johnson, Peter Mel, Ross Clarke-Jones, Rusty Keaulana, Shane Dorian, Sunny Garcia, Tom Carroll, Titus Kinimaka, Takayuki Wakita (JPN), Grant Baker (ZAF), Ramon Navarro (CHL) and Ibon Amatriain (SPN).

Get updates at quiksilver.com/eddie.