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December 17, 2009

Waves Of Glory

What a sight to see over 25,000 people standing and cheering at a sporting event last week. No, it wasn't a football game, but rather the Quiksilver in Memory of Eddie Aikau surf extravaganza that took place at Waimea Bay. Waves over 30 feet tall and the best big wave boarders in the world combined to put on a show seen only eight times in the 25-year history of this great event. It was five, long years ago that Mother Nature and Father Time worked together to provide such a spectacle.

As the participants did their thing, visitors and locals stood by side as stories were swapped about the revered surfer for whom the event is named. And when Eddie's now-60-year old brother Clyde swooped down the crests of some monster mashers, it was most assuredly a chicken skin moment. What a great confluence of culture, sport, and nature coming together under sunny skies to provide a once-in-a-lifetime treat for the multitudes who managed the one-lane highway to and from Waimea.

The legacy of Eddie Aikau lives on in anecdotes, books, pictures, bumper stickers, and every once in a while, that legacy comes to life on the North Shore to remind people who he was and what he stood for in this great, local melting pot of brave people, friendship, respect, and huge waves. Awesome all around; think about it…

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