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February 3, 2011

Eddie Would Know

When is an event really a big event, even when it is not an event?  No, this is not some Dr. Seuss riddle, but rather something to ponder when you consider what happened on January 21st when the Eddie Aikau surf event never happened. Though waves did top out over the minimum required height of 20-feet, organizers waited and watched, ultimately deciding that there simply weren't enough quality waves of 20+ feet to hold the event. So thousands watched as an exhibition took place, as surfers still enjoyed their rides sans competition.

How refreshing it is in a world filled with faux celebrities and reality trash shows that this drama unfolded on our TV screens and the producers opted not to go forward, based on reverence for the event and for the man the event is named after, Eddie Aikau. No, Eddie wouldn't go, at least not on January 21st.

How easy would it have been to have the class of the surf world honor the man's bravery and legacy and go forward with the event, even if waves were only close to 20-feet. After all, in a world where everything gets glamorized or at least over-exposed and analyzed ad nauseum, many people wouldn't have been that bothered to have been a part or witnessed a part of the Eddie history. But to their credit, the surf organizers would have none of it, even if it meant that we all wait another year to see if mother nature and timing work out. The holding period this year does run through the end of this month, so maybe the Eddie Aikau will take place this year. If not, the aura around this class event will only grow thanks to the conviction and ethos of some quality decision-makers. Think about it…

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