For the 10th time in 34 years, surfing's most prestigious event, The Eddit Aikau Invitational is officially ON.
The event is placed on a three-month waiting period every winter and is only called on when Waimea is 20 feet or bigger for a whole day of surfing.
It is run in the memory of Eddie; the first lifeguard in North Shore history, who vanished in an impossibly heroic rescue effort off the capsized double hull canoe Hokule’a in March 1978. Surfers attend the event by invitation from the Aikau family, and there’s no greater honour in surfing.
The heats are as follows;
R1 HEAT 2
Emily Erickson, Billy Kemper, Ian Walsh, Josh Moniz, Kohl Christensen, Makuakai Rothman, Nathan Florence, Ross Clarke-Jones
R1 HEAT 3
Justine Dupont, Keala Kennely, Eli Olson, Jake Maki, Kai Lenny, Landon McNamara, Nic Von Rupp, Taio Shipman
R1 HEAT 4
Makani Adric, Ezekiel Lau, Jamie O’Brien, Keali’i Mamala, Lucas Chianca, Mason Ho, Peter Mel, Tikanui Smith
R1 HEAT 5
Paige Alms, Grant Twiggy Baker, Jamie Mitchell, Kelly Slater, Luke Shepardson, Michael Ho, Ramon Navarro, Tyler Larronde
R2 HEAT 1
Andrea Moller, Aaron Gold, Greg Long, John John Florence, Eli Olson, Jake Maki, Kai Lenny, Landon McNamara
R2 HEAT 2
Emily Erickson, Koa Rothman, Mark Healey, Nathan Fletcher, Nic Von Rupp, Taio Shipman, Ezekiel Lau, Jamie O’Brien
R2 HEAT 3
Justine Dupont, Keala Kennelly, Shane Dorian, Billy Kemper, Keali’i Mamala, Lucas Chianca, Mason Ho, Peter Mel
R2 HEAT 4
Makani Adric, Ian Walsh, Josh Moniz, Kohl Christensen, Tikanui Smith, Grant Twiggy Baker, Jamie Mitchell, Kelly Slater
R2 HEAT 5
Paige Alms, Makuakai Rothman, Nathan Florence, Ross Clark-Jones, Luke Shepardson, Michael Ho, Ramon Navarro, Tyler Larronde
Only nine surfers in history have won the event; Denton Miyamura (1987), Clyde Aikau (1986), Keone Downing (1990), Noah Johnson (1999), Ross Clarke-Jones (2001), Kelly Slater (2002), Bruce Irons (2004), Greg Long (2009), John Florence (2016).
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