Andrew Cotton breaks back at Nazaré

Andrew Cotton suffered a serious back injury at Nazaré's Praia do Norte, in Portugal.

Local surfers believe Nazaré fired some of the biggest waves of the decade, as side-shore winds and a powerful NW swell channeled energy into Praia do Norte's underwater canyon.

Waves in the 35-foot range worked like a magnet, and the lineup was quickly invaded by big wave surfers and their support teams.

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What is kneeboarding?

Kneeboarding is a water boardsport that blends the characteristics of surfing, water skiing, and wakeboarding.

According to the history books, kneeboarding was invented by Southern California surfers and was first experimented in flat water surfaces as an alternative to wakeboarding, water skiing, and even barefooting.

Initially, surfers would get towed by recreation boats using rudimentary bellyboards, probably when the ocean was flat, and there were large bodies of water available in their areas.

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"The Eddie": Aikau's family renames the event

The family of Eddie Aikau confirmed that the event in memory of the legendary surfer and lifeguard will run even without a major sponsor.

"The Eddie: In Memory of Eddie Aikau" is the new name chosen for the big wave surfing contest held annually at Waimea Bay, on the North Shore of Oahu, Hawaii.

The Eddie Aikau Foundation announced the new era during the debut of the event's official poster. And, for the first time in three decades, the contest will not be sponsored by Quiksilver because an agreement was not reached.

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