Eddie Didn’t Go (Today)

Eddie Didn’t Go (Today)

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2016 Eddie Aikau Contest
Today was big, but not big enough.

The legendary Eddie contest was supposed to run today.

All the surfers flew to Oahu, the contest crew set up in Waimea Bay, and even my friend Ian got flown out there to film. It’s been 6 years since the Eddie ran, and everyone was super excited!

And then it was called off.

You see, this prestigious contest has really strict prerequisites. Like 20-25ft waves (Hawaiian scale, so really 40-50ft faces) all day long. The contest runs all day, and contestants in the afternoon are scored on the same scale as in the morning. So if the waves are only 25 foot faces in the morning, and 40 foot faces in the afternoon, it’s not going to be a fair contest.

The swell that was supposed to hit Hawaii this morning has veered a bit north, so unfortunately they had to call off the Eddie. The waiting period continues until February 29th, so there’s still a slim chance it could run this year.

Reef McIntosh said it right though: “Eddie was legit, so don’t run it if it’s not.”

You can watch this morning’s recap/explanation on the WSL’s website.

Crowds packed onto the beach at Waimea
Crowds packed onto the beach at Waimea
Waimea waves were big, but not big enough for the Eddie.
Waimea waves were big, but not big enough for the Eddie.

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