No go for The Quiksilver In Memory of Eddie Aikau

January 21, 2011 | Surfing
The Quiksilver In Memory of Eddie Aikau: not as big as Eddie would like

After several morning on-hold calls, the contest director of The Quiksilver In Memory of Eddie Aikau has wisely decided to call it a "no-go" competition day. Yes, waves were pretty good, big but still with constant lulls.

George Downing confirmed 20-25 foot waves, but the consistency was insufficient to run the two rounds. "What we see in conditions like this is just one or two true 'Eddie' size waves in the period of a heat," said Downing.

"With seven surfers in the water per heat that is not the kind of playing field we need for quality, fair competition", said Downing.

Patience is a virtue and the decision was tough.

"It's very easy to get caught up in the excitement when those huge waves come through, and after all of the efforts of the crew and the spectators to get ready for this day. But what keeps this event the greatest big wave event in the world is never relaxing those standards. Eddie never did." Watch the waves kicking in Waimea Bay.

The Quiksilver In Memory of Eddie Aikau holding period runs February 28 and, in the next weeks, the swell has potential to pump XXL waves for more than the 15,000 surf fans that stood by the beach since the very early hours of the morning.

Surfers and organizers want to get the contest going, more than anyone. Surely, when Waimea Bay calls the Day, the incredible take offs will happen. "There are big waves out there, but there's not that many of them. It's not what we need", said 10-times world champion Kelly Slater.

It was big, but not an Eddie day. Check out the Wave Height Forecast for Hawaii.