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.
(Mahalo to Rusty Russell for the first three photos)