Quicksilver have parted ways with the Aikau family after a breakdown over months of negotiations for the competition permit. The Quicksilver in memory of Eddie Aikau – A Big Wave Invitational – World Surf League speciality sanctioned big wave event held at Waimea Bay, will no longer exist in its traditional capacity. The event has been running for over thirty years in partnership with the Aikau family, but Quicksilver’s multiple offers of substantially increased monetary support for future events were declined by the agents representing the Aikau family in Hawaii.
After months of negotiations, the Big Wave event that has honoured surfing heroes such as Denton Miyamura, Clyde Aikau, Keone Downing, Noah Johnson, Ross Clarke Jones, Kelly Slater, Bruce Irons, Greg Long and John John Florence. Not only world class watermen but human beings who embody the spirit of Eddie.
Beginning in 1985, the Quicksilver in memory of Eddie Aikau was an invite only big wave event that took place at Waimea Bay on the north shore of Oahu, where the late Eddie Aikau served as the North Shores first lifeguard opting only to run the contest when conditions reached twenty foot plus range surf. The Eddie has only been run nine times in the events thirty year history. As a World Surf League speciality sanctioned big wave event, the Eddie drew a prestigious cross section of the worlds finest watermen including competitors from the elite WSL championship tour.