Quiksilver In Memory of Eddie Aikau: highway ahead

Thursday looks good for another big wave action event, this time in the Quiksilver In Memory of Eddie Aikau. Weather forecasts are still not transparent, in terms of wave height, but there's a good chance getting "Eddie" bombs on January 20.

The extra large swell that is building for the Oahu's North Shore must meet the required 20-foot waves, in order to kick off the competition. Last year's In Memory of Eddie Aikau got underway on on December 8, 2009. Greg Long took the first place of the podium.

"The system generating the surf is definitely gigantic and certainly as strong as predicted, covering roughly 18,000 square miles of the north Pacific," explains George Downing, Contest Director of The Quiksilver In Memory of Eddie Aikau. "But up to now, the strongest winds generating the open ocean swells have not been aimed at Hawaii. This can change as the system passes the dateline, so we will have to be patient."

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La Vaca Gigante IV: good, but not great | Photo: Iván Rozadilla

The Quiksilver La Vaca Gigante IV got underway in spectacular wave conditions, in Santander, Spain. Thousands of spectators gathered at Playa El Bocal to watch the best big wave riders in world. The swell hit the coast, delivering good looking waves, but still not enough to crown a winner.

In the low tide hours, it seemed that the conditions would be epic, but as the tide started to come in waves were smaller. Watch the highlights of the event.

The competition go through to the semifinals. The final heat of The Quiksilver La Vaca Gigante IV had to be suspended because the waves wasn't reaching the minimum required. Therefore, two prizes were awarded. Joao Macedo, a Portuguese surfer living in California, won the Best Wave trophy. Dani García, a local big wave surfer, won the Best Wipe Out award.

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YouRiding: an easy way to get barreled

YouRiding will debut the fourth generation of online extreme sports video games, at the ISP Trade Fair, in Munich, from the 6th to 9th February. Visitors will be able to test the new versions of YouRiding games, to be officially released in Summer 2011.

The entertainment site promises completely new 3D images, new game mechanics and innovative scenarios. YouRiding is developed by the French company Intellysurf. The first version of Youriding came out in 2007.

Online water sports' fans can choose four different disciplines: Surfing, Bodyboarding, Snowboarding and Freeskiing.

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