Powerful swell puts Quiksilver In Memory of Eddie Aikau on high alert

January 20, 2014 | Surfing
23rd February, 2014: large swell hits Hawaii

The Quiksilver In Memory of Eddie Aikau 2014 might be run between 22nd-24th February, as a promising looking swell prepares to hit the Hawaiian Islands.

Forecast charts and models don't lie. A truly large swell is in the making, and will probably produce very large significant wave heights of 40-45 feet, within 1000 miles of Oahu.

Although the storm is not heading straight for Hawaii - the fetch is moving slightly sideways - the proximity of the largest seas will help to make up for that less than ideal track.

Also, onshore west winds clocking north during the possible peak of the swell on Wednesday may halt competition. Thursday should see improved conditions, as NE/ENE trades return.

Waimea Bay may be pumping 20-foot surf, with 35-40 foot faces, as the swell peaks Wednesday afternoon and evening before backing down slowly on Thursday.

Eddie Aikau will determine if Invitees and Alternates will get green light for the 29th edition of the big wave contest held on Oahu's North Shore.

The trophy is still in the hands of Greg Long, who won the 2009 Quiksilver In Memory of Eddie Aikau.

Check out the Wave Height Forecast for the Hawaiian Islands.