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The Eddie Is On

Nick Yee
Nick Yee

After a six-year wait, and one false alarm… The Quiksilver In Memory of Eddie Aikau is on.  Contest organizers gave the “green alert” warning early Wednesday morning following a forecast for another round of record-breaking surf.  The contest commenced early this morning and is now underway.

Randy Rerick is the former director of the Triple Crown and acting Beach-Master for the Eddie. 

UPDATE - 10:00


5:30 am: Swell is a little too big with occasional close out sets. Contest organizers are waiting for daylight to decide whether to run event.

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7:15 Clyde Aikau announces that the Eddie is a GO. As the entire audience sings Hawaii Pono'i.  Surfers will begin the 1st round at 8am. 
The invitation-only event requires precise conditions for wave height and wind speed. "It has taken us six years to pull the trigger” said Event Director Glen Moncata.

The competition honors Eddie Aikau- a North Shore lifeguard and original member of the H?k?le‘a voyaging crew.  In 1978 at the age of 31, he was lost at sea during a storm encountered by the H?k?le‘a.  The last “Eddie” in 2009 attracted almost 20,000 spectators and this year is expected to again pull record numbers.  Early reports have people already camping on the North Shore in preparation.

There will be various platforms on which to view the Quiksilver In Memory of Eddie Aikau:
In Hawaii: Live on Oceanic Time Warner Cable channels 250 and 1250HD
On the internet: www.quiksilver.com/eddie and www.worldsurfleague.com and on the WSL App.

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The crowd patiently waits for the start of "The Eddie."


Heat 1:

Shane Dorian (HAW)

Kohl Christensen (HAW)

Greg Long (CA)

Ramon Navarro (CHI)

Sunny Garcia (HAW)

Ross Clarke-Jones (AUS)

Jamie Mitchell (AUS)

Heat 2:

Kelly Slater (FL)

David Wassell (HAW)

Grant Baker (ZAF)

Reef McIntosh (HAW)

Jamie O'Brien (HAW)

Aaron Gold (HAW)

Tom Carroll (AUS)

Heat 3: 

John John Florence (HAW)

Mark Healey (HAW)

Clyde Aikau (HAW)

Nathan Fletcher (CA)

Noah Johnson (HAW)

Peter Mel (CA)

Takayuki Wakita (JPN)

Heat 4:

Bruce Irons (HAW)

Makuakai Rothman (HAW)

Ian Walsh (HAW)

Albee Layer (HAW) replaced by Danilo Couto (BRA)

Kala Alexander (HAW)

Garrett McNamara (HAW) replaced by Mason Ho (HAW)

Jeremy Flores (FRA) replaced by Koa Rothman (HAW)


Mason Ho (HAW)

Mark Mathews (AUS)

Ben Wilkinson (AUS)

Nick Yee’s passion for music developed at an early age, as he collected jazz and rock records pulled from dusty locations while growing up in both Southern California and Honolulu. In college he started DJing around Honolulu, playing Jazz and Bossa Nova sets at various lounges and clubs under the name dj mr.nick. He started to incorporate Downtempo, House and Breaks into his sets as his popularity grew, eventually getting DJ residences at different Chinatown locations. To this day, he is a fixture in the Honolulu underground club scene, where his live sets are famous for being able to link musical and cultural boundaries, starting mellow and building the audience into a frenzy while steering free of mainstream clichés.
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