Being the 1st of December tomorrow it will mean a round of pinch punch first of the month and the doors of the advent calendars being excitedly ripped open but there are much bigger things afoot. The 1st of December signals the official opening of the three month waiting period for the 31st annual Quiksilver in Memory of Eddie Aikau at Waimea Bay.
The Eddie Would Go is a surf competition that honours the big wave surfer, all round waterman, lifeguard and Hawaiian legend Eddie Aikau, who lost his life trying to get help for his fellow crew aboard a sinking voyaging canoe. Although the invitational event is held every year the competition only takes place when the waves breaking at Waimea Bay break with wave face heights of 40 feet.
The waiting period for the Eddie Would Go runs from December 1st 2015 until February 29th 2016 and it is hoped in this much publicised El Nino season, the competition will run for the first time since 2009 when Greg Long was crowned the winner. There are 28 invitees to the event and these include Albee Layer, Jamie O’Brien, John John Florence, Kelly Slater, Garrett McNamara and Bruce Irons.
The Aikau Family and the invitees will officially open the Quiksilver in Memory of Eddie Aikau with a celebration at Waimea Bay at 3pm on Wednesday 3rd December. Should the conditions allow the event to run, all the action will be available to watch via a live webcast here. To give you an idea of what to expect, the official Eddie Would Go trailer video can be found below.