The Quiksilver In Memory of Eddie Aikau: 25 feet or more

The swell is picking up and Waimea Bay will be charging what it takes to get green lights for The Quiksilver In Memory of Eddie Aikau. The contest organizers are monitoring the weather forecast for potential of running the event this week.

"We are receiving a ton of phone calls and we are most definitely watching the development of this swell," says George Downing, contest director. "It is still far too early to make a call at this time, but we will definitely have more substantive evidence to draw upon come Monday."

For the big wave competition to kick off waves must reach 25 feet. The best big wave riders pay tribute to Eddie Aikau, a young Hawaiian waterman lost at sea, in 1978.

The Aloha spirit is revived every year in the North Shore. The Quiksilver In Memory of Eddie Aikau is world's longest running and most prestigious big-wave invitational and is the only one sanctioned by the Association of Surfing Professionals.

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