HONOLULU (December 4, 2013) -- The 29th annual Quiksilver In Memory of Eddie Aikau, the original one-day big wave invitational surfing event, will officially open its holding period with the traditional Hawaiian Opening Ceremony at Waimea Bay tomorrow, December 5, at 3pm. Event Invitees and Alternates will join with the Aikau Family and Hawaiian Kahu Billy Mitchell to honor Aikau and welcome the winter big wave period.
"When someone passes from this form of life or the physical to the spirit realm, the act of drawing on that soul becomes sacred," said Kahu Billy Mitchell, in advance of Thursday's ceremony. "In any language or race when you draw from the soul of such a beloved human being as Eddie, this is sacred. It must be done with deep respect and it must be shared with anyone who would receive this good energy in a respectful way."
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.
To view the full list of Invitees & Alternates, please visit www.Quiksilver.com/Eddie
About Eddie Aikau:
Just 31 years of age when he was lost at sea during an ill-fated voyage of Hawaii's Hokule'a double-hull sailing canoe in 1978, Aikau was a young man at the height of a career equally dedicated to big-wave riding and lifeguarding at historic Waimea Bay. Filled with a pure passion to ride giant surf, take care of his fellow man, and uphold his Hawaiian culture and family values, Aikau became the benchmark by which all big wave riders are measured.