Let's Talk story Category: Surfing
There’s no denying that this winter has been one for the books. The Eddie went. So did Pipe and, well, just about every other reef, point, nook, and cranny on the North Shore. And from all accounts, thanks to El Nino, we’re set to be awash in surf for months to come. All of this begs the question: Are you going to let the winter of the century pass you by, or do you want to be a part of it?
Immerse yourself in this monumental surf season on the North Shore. Spring is just around the corner and the waves are still pumping. While Winter on the North Shore may get all the fanfare, locals know that Spring is chock full of perfect surf and void of massive crowds. So don't wait. Get here while there's still plenty of swell and surround yourself in surfing's most storied lineups.
For the first time in nearly seven years, the Quiksilver in Memory of Eddie Aikau ran on February 25, 2016.
Thousands of excited spectators flocked to Waimea Bay, where Eddie Aikau was the first lifeguard to ever watch over the treacherous winter breaks.
Twenty-eight of the world’s best (and craziest) surfers competed in what contest organizers are describing as the biggest Eddie yet.
Waves roared up to 50 feet as the crowds cheered on the competitors. The whole bay was surrounded with all eyes on the ocean, dozens even camping over night to ensure they had their place at the bay. \
After hours of jaw dropping wipeouts, monstrous waves and standing ovations a winner took home the $75,000 prize and bragging rights.
North Shore native John John Florence won the Eddie battle with a score of 301. Rounding out the top three are Ross Clarke-Jones of AUS with 278 and Shane Dorian of HAW with 270.
Congrats to all of the amazing athletes who came out for the 2016 Stand Up World Tour Sunset Beach Pro presented by Turtle Bay Resort.
Caio Vaz (Art in Surf) won his second victory in this competition.
The Stand Up World Tour Organizer Tristan Boxford says, "Caio's ability to adapt and excel in any kind of conditions is evident and what secured him the 2015 World Title, as once again here at Sunset, he dominated all his heats through to the Final, from the full size pumping surf of the first few days, to the blustery and incredibly challenging conditions on the Final Day, Caio was able to turn it on. In the final, Caio made the challenging conditions look like a walk in the park, posting another excellent range score right off the bat to put the pressure on the other 3 finalists. He was then able to back it up with a mid range score to secure victory, an incredible achievement for this young Brazilian Champion."