Eddie Aikau: big wave charger

"Hawaiian: The Legend of Eddie Aikau" is a surf movie which chronicles the life and times of the legendary Hawaiian big wave surfer and pioneering lifeguard.


"Eddie Would Go" is a phrase that has long carried deep meaning with countless Hawaiians and surfers worldwide.

The new surf movie is a compelling exploration of the tragic decline and extraordinary re-birth of the Hawaiian culture as personified by a native son whose dynamic life and heroic death served as inspiration to an entire spiritual movement.

Directed by Sam George, and produced by Stacy Peralta and Paul Taublieb, "Hawaiian: The Legend of Eddie Aikau" combines archival imagery, contemporary interviews and meticulously researched historical source material.

The ultimately doomed crew member of the Polynesian voyaging canoe Hokule'a lived an incredible life and his heroic death served as inspiration to an entire spiritual movement.

"Eddie Aikau's story explores both the spirit of the Hawaiian people and that of the surfing culture while also providing an examination of one man’s life and what it has meant to so many", explains Connor Schell, vice president of ESPN Films.

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