Eddie Aikau's legacy is a timeless journey that transcends the sport of surfing. Today, he is a cultural-icon and Hawaiian Hero. In honor of this year's Quicksilver in Memory of Eddie Aikau, Nicollete Smith celebrated the brave waterman's legacy in a piece published by Planet Save.
"Before dawn on Wed., Feb. 10th, the people of Hawaii and the surfing world turned their attention to Waimea Bay on the North Shore of Oahu. Thousands made their way through the darkness on the beach and surrounding cliffs in anticipation of the famous Quiksilver in Memory of Eddie Aikau Contest.
The swells must be at least 35-40 feet high to hold this unique big-wave competition, which has only run 8 times in the last 31 years. Though the waves weren’t big enough to run the contest, it’s important to remember the legacy of the man who inspired the whole event—the late surfing legend Eddie Aikau. "
-Nicollete Smith PLANET SAVE
You can read the rest of the article here.
For more information on Eddie, check out the new book Eddie Aikau: Hawaiian Hero (Bess Press, 2016).