Apr 02, 2019 | By Joanne Thomas
Dec 10, 2009
Hawaii has not seen such big waves in 40 years! On Tuesday, December 8, 2009 the Quiksilver in Memory of Eddie Aikau Competition in Waimea Bay, Oahu went off with larger then life results. All of the big dogs were there: nine-time world champion Kelly Slater, Tom Carroll (who shattered his ankle while getting thrown about in foam), Peter Mel, Sunny Garcia and of course, Kauai local, Andy Irons showed up. However, a youngin’ from San Celemente, California who beat out “The Slater” – Greg Long – took home on Tuesday, the $55,000 purse signed by Quiksilver CEO Bob McKnight.
28 of the world’s best surfers took part in this 25-year-old contest – invitation only – which pays tribute to legendary surfer Eddie Aikau. These brave souls powered through the 40-50 foot waves, which descended upon the beaches of Waimea Bay.
If you were not able to watch the live webcast on Quiksilver, don’t worry…..FUEL TV will air a one-hour highlight show in the United States: 6:30pm PT/9:30pm ET on Friday, December 11, 2009. The show will re-air several times over the weekend.
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