Breaking: The Eddie Will Go (Assuming There’s Waves)
Iconic Waimea event given the green light by organizers for winter 2021/22.
While the most memorable session went down a little to the south (who could forget Zeke’s slam or rocket jetski man?), Waimea provided its largest waves in the past few years, some closing out the Bay entirely. Despite this, the Eddie Aikau Big Wave Invitational did not run. That was due to Hawaiian covid protocols — not a lack of swell.
“I think if the Eddie waiting period was still going, it for sure would be on today,” said an out-of-breath Mason Ho after negotiating Waimea’s notorious shorebreak sans-surfboard (he’d been caught by a closeout set and broke his leash). “To be honest, I think it’s a little smaller than the last Eddie they had [2016, John Florence won etc], just because last time there’s no way I could have gotten out without a ski, but this time I pulled it. Still, definitely Eddie size.”
While the day was a spectacle in itself, it was disappointing to miss out on an Eddie opportunity. Historically speaking, they run just once every four years. Which is why it delights us to announce that if a similar swell hits Hawaii this winter, the Eddie will go.
Per their recent Instagram post…
Here’s the 2021/22 Eddie Invite list:
John John Florence
Ross Clarke Jones
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