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Eddie Aikau Photograph

Quiksilver purchased the rights to use Eddie’s name. A surfing contest was begun at Sunset Beach in 1984-85 to honor Eddie. The first contest at Sunset was won by Denton Miyamura, a sponsored Town and Country surf rider. But it was quickly decided, according to an article in Stab Magazine, that the surfing community did not need another Sunset Beach contest. George Downing and Eddy Rothman got together with Quiksilver and outlined an event more fitting of Eddie’s legend. The event would be held at Waimea where Eddie had been a lifeguard and where the Aikau family had been the historic caretakers of Waimea Valley. The contest would be a one day winner take all event only held if the surf peaked between 20-40 feet. Invitations would be extended to surfers who had proved themselves at Waimea in big surf. They titled the event the Quiksilver in Memory of Eddie Aikau Big Wave Invitational but informally as The Eddie. This video briefly explores that relationship between the Aikau family and Quiksilver. Thanks to Sarah Fox and Michael Leonard for the use of their music on this video.

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