The locals here know all too well how huge the waves can get here on Oahu's North Shore during the winter months. It's the main reason we can hold these amazing events like the Van's Triple Crown where surfers can show off their craft and compete for the title. With these epic waves, comes the issue of water safety. This week we are holding the Big Wave Rider Athlete Summit.
This event will have big wave riders come together to train for these incredible waves, general ocean safety, specific breathing techniques, and even rescue techniques. These lessons are held not only in the classroom, but in our bay as well for application of the training. I spent some time in their Performance Free Diving lesson, and it was quite the experience to watch and listen to a room full of athletes learn the science behind the physical effects of diving. All of this training they will learn should come in handy as we finish out the Van's Triple Crown, and gear up for The Eddie (Quicksilver Big Wave Invitational), for which we will be hosting the registration event on Wednesday. The Eddie is a surfing tournament created in 1985 and named in memory of Eddie Aikau, the first lifeguard at the beautiful Waimea Bay. Originally held at Sunset Beach and later moved to Waimea Bay, the Eddie invites surf pros like Bruce Irons, Kelly Slater, John John Florence, Clyde Aikau, who is the younger brother of Eddie Aikau, and many more.
Coming soon to the North Shore Watershed, The Big Wave Riders of Hawai'i: Aloha Spirit, Heritage and Respect is a commemorative book produced by Quiksilver in honor of the Eddie's 30th anniversary. With all these big wave riders on property along with the Eddie's invitees registration day, getting these living legend's autographs in this book could be an incredible keepsake.