North Shore, Tribute to Eddie Aikau at Wiamea

Tuesday December 8, beautiful Wiamea Bay. Much respect goes to Eddie and the entire Aikau family.

Congratulations to Greg Long, on winning by scoring a perfect 100 with a late drop on a barreling wave in the second round. Other finalists were Kelly Slater, Sonny Garcia, and Bruce Irons. The Monster Drop award went to Chile’s Ramon Navarro, who also finished fifth in the event. He made a long backside drop into a huge wave that eventually closed out across the bay, and he was able to hold on through the white water to connect into the massive shorebreak. Both Greg Long and Ramon Navarro gave inspiring, humbled acceptance speeches. Beautiful! Many of the surfers rode trusted boards that they had ridden in previous Eddie events. For instance Eddie’s younger brother Clyde, now 60 years young, charged on a a sleek gun he has ridden in every Eddie event since 1999. And Kelly Slater was riding a favorite board that he’s ridden at Wiamea since 2002. With conditions like this, they wanted to be riding equipment that they trusted. Soul. Many friends were at Wiamea to celebrate Eddie’s legacy and enjoy the inspiring surfing.

Here are a couple of excellent spots on Eddie Aikau and on the Eddie event. Thank you to the creators for making them available to share with friends. Aloha!

 

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2 Comments on "North Shore, Tribute to Eddie Aikau at Wiamea"

  1. Bruce Cowan
    09/12/2009 at 2:30 pm Permalink

    Thanks for posting a beautiful tribute.

  2. pendo
    09/12/2009 at 4:40 pm Permalink

    Hey, Bruce,
    Thanks for your thoughtful post!
    Warmest Aloha, Cher and Steve

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