28th annual Quiksilver In Memory of Eddie Aikau Legendary Aikau at Waime, North Shore, Big Wave, Big Wave Contest, Oahu Big Wave, 2012 swell on North Shore

28th annual Quiksilver In Memory of Eddie Aikau Legendary Aikau at Waimea

The 28th annual Quiksilver In Memory of Eddie Aikau, a one-day big wave invitational surfing event that requires waves measuring 20 feet or more, is excited to announce its list of 2012/13 Invitees and Alternates. The event holding period begins on December 1, 2012, and concludes on February 28, 2013. The official Opening Ceremony with the Aikau Family will be held on Thursday, November 29, 3pm, at Waimea Bay.

Reflecting the strength and growth of the global big wave brotherhood that was born at Waimea Bay, this year’s polling process was turned over to the very surfers who reliably chase the world’s most giant swells. Each surfer was able to select their own dream list of Invitees and Alternates. Each surfer’s vote was tallied and the highest ranking 24 surfers became this year’s list of Invitees. An additional four regional Invitee selections were chosen by Quiksilver, making up the final four of a total of 28 Invitees.

Among those first time Invitees chosen by peer poll this year are John John Florence (Hawaii), Alex Gray (California), and Ian Walsh (Maui).

Quiksilver’s Mark Healey surprised Florence at his home on Friday with his official invitation.

“I don’t know if I’m more stoked or more scared,” said Florence. “Coming up to the day when guys know the swell is coming I’ll be super scared, antsy getting my stuff together, super nervous. Hopefully we get a big swell this year.

“My whole life I’ve been going to the opening ceremony, looking at all the big guys with their big boards, and paddling out to the circle since I was super little.

“Something about Waimea and the way Eddie surfed it back in the day…. all the stories you hear about him, it’s just such a powerful place. You can feel it when you’re out there. Guys have been surfing that wave for so long it’s crazy! To be able to grow up and kind of learn to surf that wave since I was little, and be able to watch the last couple of Eddies has been crazy.”

To hear more of John’s thoughts on the Eddie, and to see Alex Gray and Ian Walsh receive their invitations, check out the videos.

The Quiksilver In Memory of Eddie Aikau has only been held a total of eight (8) times, most recently on December 8, 2009. California’s Greg Long took the honor that year.

2012 2013 Quiksilver In Memory of Eddie Aikau Invitees
Alex Gray
Bruce Irons
Carlos Burle
Clyde Aikau
Dave Wassel
Garrett McNamara
Grant Baker
Greg Long
Ian Walsh
Jamie O’Brien
Jamie Sterling
Jeremy Flores
John John Florence
Kala Alexander
Kelly Slater
Kohl Christensen
Makua Rothman
Mark Healey
Nathan Fletcher
Noah Johnson
Pete Mel
Ramon Navarro
Reef McIntosh
Ross Clarke-Jones
Sunny Garcia
Takayuki Wakita
Tom Carroll


Jim Caldwell
Redondo Beach

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