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March 3, 2016

Think About It: Eddie Went

How exciting was it last week to watch the rarely held Quiksilver Eddie Aikau Big Wave Invitational?Many of the world's best surfers scrambled to get here in time last Thursday for this iconic event held in the memory of one of Hawaii's legendary watermen. And while many locally and elsewhere simply see the ubiquitous bumper stickers that remind us that "Eddie Would Go", the event itself brought a better sense to what the Eddie event means and perhaps more importantly, its ramifications in a world gone wild with selfies, "look what I've got" texts, and rampant narcissism and self-gratification.

For not only would Eddie go, Eddie DID go, Eddie went… to help his stricken mates, putting his own life in obvious jeopardy. Before the tumultuous seas struck that Hokule'a canoe and led to the tragic events as Eddie went for help in March, 1978, and disappeared, Eddie, alongside brother Clyde, had spent over a decade as the first official lifeguards at Waimea Bay on Hawaii's North Shore. And the brothers never lost one person in the treacherous waves over that decade. Eddie was apparently quiet, but oh so powerful through his actions.

Eddie was known for his compassion and acceptance, of all kinds of people. As his brother Clyde once said, (quote) "I think the phrase ‘Eddie Would Go' is really a phrase that would ultimately say that one would put themselves out there for the betterment of others. That could relate to anybody - a person from Waikiki, a tourist, or some extreme surfer. Just helping out somebody else is what ‘Eddie Would Go' is about." (unquote) And that concept is much bigger than any 45-foot wave. Eddie would go, and we all can, too. Think about it…

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