High-Surf Advisory Issued Across Hawaiian Islands
The Quiksilver Big Wave Invitational in Memory of Eddie Aikau did not run this weekend and will remain on hold for the remainder of the event's three-month holding period that runs through til February 29, 2008.
Sunday's much-anticipated swell reached the minimum height requirement of 20+ feet Hawaiian scale (wave heights exceeding 40+ feet), however the conditions did not allow Contest Director, George Downing, to call the contest on.
Competitors, contest organizers, television crews and spectators gathered before dawn and waited until 9:15am before a definitive call was made by Downing to wait for another day. Some competitors, such as Peter Mel, Ross Clarke-Jones, Jamie Sterling, Brock Little and 2008 Mavericks winner Greg Long, traveled overnight in order to be on the sands at sunrise for the potential call.
Despite rough stormy conditions, Garrett McNamara, a local competitor in the event, tested the waters, experiencing multiple close-out waves as well as a handful of successful rides.
But the bottom line came down to consistency and quality of surf - both of which were lacking. Downing and contest organizers will continue to monitor swell activity in the Pacific. Check the Quiksilver website for further updates.
The Quiksilver Big Wave Invitational in Memory of Eddie Aikau is in its 24th year and is the longest-standing big wave event in the world, held each winter in honor of pioneering big-wave rider and Waimea Bay's first lifeguard, Eddie Aikau. Aikau, an indigenous Hawaiian, was one of the top big-wave and professional surfers in the world when he tragically went missing at sea in 1978, during a voyage to Tahiti aboard the Hokule'a sailing canoe. His life is now legend.