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The "Eddie Aikau"

The Quicksilver Eddie Akau surf event is the premier surf contest for professional surfers. Held on Oahu's North Shore only when the waves exceed 20+ feet consistently and the waves plus other conditions are just right. Eddie Aikau was the quintessential Hawaiian Surfer who gave his life for his fellow crew aboard the Hawaiian sailing vessel, Hokulea when it was damaged at sea. He set out to get help when all seemed lost but unfortunately was never heard from again.
The event has been held only a handful of times in the last 25 years. This December 2009, the waves were just right courtesy of a winter storm north of Hawaii.
Enjoy
Waimea Beach on a normal day
Waimea Beach on a normal day
Looking from just out of Haleiwa
Looking from just out of Haleiwa
The traffic is horrendous.
The traffic is horrendous.
Everyone's watching
Everyone's watching
The waves are churning away.
The waves are churning away.
Over 30,000 spectators
Over 30,000 spectators
People are everywhere
People are everywhere
Any vantage point
Any vantage point
Just enjoy this sequence
Just enjoy this sequence
Here we go
Here we go
Rooster tails
Rooster tails
These guys know what they are doing
These guys know what they are doing
!!!
!!!
What a ride
What a ride
Lovely
Lovely
It doesn't get any better
It doesn't get any better
Safe landing
Safe landing
Finale
Finale
Wow
Wow
Loud applause
Loud applause
Another contestant has a go
Another contestant has a go
Not for the faint of heart
Not for the faint of heart
Not a safe harbor
Not a safe harbor
The salt in the air fogs everything
The salt in the air fogs everything