- 06 November 2013 | Surfing
Aaron Gold, Carlos Burle, Garrett Mcnamara, Jamie O'Brien, Jeremy Flores, John John Florence and Kelly Slater are some of the names invited for the 29th annual Quiksilver In Memory of Eddie Aikau.
The big wave surfing event requires waves measuring in excess of 20 feet to get underway, at Waimea Bay, Hawaii. The list of 2013/14 Invitees and Alternates has been announced.
The holding period for the event begins on December 1st, 2013, and concludes on February 28th, 2014.
Aaron Gold, 31, dedicated father, quiet charger and shaper of his own big wave guns, has moved from the Alternates to the Invitees list. Gold has been riding The Bay since he was around 13 years of age, but only emerged on the international scene during the past two years.
Memorable performances at venues like Jaws and Cortes have been captured by the media, though many times with Aaron only being recognized as an "Unidentified" surfer.
"It's hard to put into words. When you get that invite, it's like you've accomplished what you set out for. Crazy dream. Dream come true for sure", says Aaron Gold.
"I paddled out Waimea the first time when I was about 12 or 13. I was riding like a 7'0" and it was the biggest board in the world to me. I just got annihilated. Just got blown up and thought I was going to die, and from that point it turned me to really want to surf big waves".
The Quiksilver In Memory of Eddie Aikau has only been held a total of eight times, most recently on December 8th, 2009. California's Greg Long took the honor that year.
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29th Quiksilver In Memory of Eddie Aikau Invitees:
John John Florence
29th Quiksilver In Memory of Eddie Aikau Alternates: