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Highlights from a Winter to Remember

As the winter surf season comes to a conclusion and we bid our adieus to what was truly one of the greatest stretches of surf in history, we wanted to take a moment and highlight three of our favorite moments from the 2015-16 El Nino-fueled North Shore winter.

The Eddie Goes
For one day, the eyes of the world were cast on Waimea Bay as The Eddie ran under historic conditions. At the end of the day, the North Shore’s favorite son, John John Florence, would find himself on the podium and into the annals of surf lore. It was truly a day of days.

Perfection at Pipe
When the conditions weren’t maxed out and straining the buoys this winter, the North Shore bore witness to some decidedly perfect but less than lethal conditions for the Volcom Pipe Pro, all of which suited 11-time world champ Kelly Slater who came away with yet another event win.

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Welcome to Spring

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.

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Eddie Went!

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.

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