Northshore Quiksilver Boardriders Club
Eddie Aikau - legendary Hawaiian surfer and lifeguard Eddie's courage is implicit in the simple phrase often seen on bumper stickers: "Eddie would go"
Eddie surfed the biggest waves in the world, and as the first permanent lifeguard at Waimae Bay, saved hundreds of lives on the North Shore Eddie's strong connection to his Hawaiian heritage drove him to become one of the 16 crew members chosen by the Polynesian Voyaging Society to reenact the voyage of Hawaiian discovery on the traditionally built sailing canoe, "Hokule'a." Several hours out, and in one of the most treacherous stretches of ocean on earth - the Kaiwi Channel. Lashed by gale force winds, the drifting capsized canoe was in an area which put their rescue into doubt, so Eddie decided to paddle his board for Lanai, some twelve miles to the east. For the last time, Eddie would go. The crew was rescued the next day, but Eddie was never seen again. After several weeks, the people of Hawai'i had to accept the fact that one of their finest had been lost. Eddie Aikau was declared “missing at sea“ in 1978 at the age of 32. Today,The Eddie is a historical event in surfing. The Quiksilver in Memory of Eddie Aikau, held when the Winter waves are at least 20' high in Waimae Bay, honors the memory and bravery of Edward Ryan Aikau who dedicated his life to the ocean and ocean safety, expressing his aloha by keeping a watchful eye over Hawaii’s oceans. Hale'iwa, North Shore of O'ahu, Hawai'i