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Party pics: In Memory of Eddie Aikau kickoff

Celebrity surfers, board shapers and other legends of the ocean attended Quiksilver’s exclusive kickoff party for the annual surf invitational


Posted December 5, 2013 by Melissa Chang

The 29th annual Quiksilver In Memory of Eddie Aikau — the original one-day big wave invitational surfing event that requires waves measuring in excess of 20 feet — had a kickoff party at Quiksilver’s Waikiki store last night. The “who’s who” of Hawaii’s surf community came to celebrate the event, pray for surf, and pay tribute to the legendary big wave surf rider for whom the event is named.

The weather and wave conditions must be perfect, or the invitational doesn’t happen. So although it’s the 29th annual event, the Quiksilver In Memory of Eddie Aikau has only been held a total of eight times, most recently on December 8, 2009. The holding period for this event begins on December 1, 2013, and concludes on February 28, 2014. The official opening ceremony is today at Waimea Bay at 3 p.m. with the Aikau family in attendance.

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In memory of Eddie Aikau party

To learn more about Eddie Aikau and big wave riding, click here.

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About Melissa Chang

Melissa has been blogging regularly since 2007 and has more than 25 years’ experience in marketing and public relations. She is currently an independent marketing consultant, specializing in social media. 

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