The 34th Annual Eddie Big Wave Invitational held its opening ceremony December 5 at Waimea Bay on Oahu’s North Shore. Eddie Aikau’s legacy was honored with a Hawaiian blessing, hula and olelo by his older brother Clyde Aikau. All ages came out to the event, with hopes that “The Eddie” will go this year.
The Bay calls the day. During the three-month holding period from December 1, 2019 through February 29, 2020, if waves reach heights of 20-feet (Hawaiian style), The Eddie will go for a select group of big wave riders.
(photo: Eddie Aikau Foundation)
The event, sponsored by Turtle Bay Resort, has an all-star line up and new format this year. Thirty-two Invitees and 18 Alternates were invited, including nine women. For the first time ever, seven legends will take the Bay in the first heat of the day and be eligible for the Hawaiian Airlines Best Wave of the Day and 250,000 HawaiianMiles.
(Photo: Eddie Aikau Foundation)
“The Eddie Aikau Foundation is excited to have the support of our generous sponsors who have joined us in celebrating and honoring the life and legacy of our brother, Eddie,” said Solomon Aikau. “This year we honor not only the equality of women in the sport, but some of the longtime surfers in the industry.”
The Eddie last ran in 2016 with more than 1.2 million fans watching the live stream from over 200 countries around the world – making it the biggest event in the history of surfing.
If the Bay calls the day, here are the invitees.
Will The Eddie go this time? We will just have to wait and see.