Updated. The Quiksilver in Memory of Eddie Aikau wave riding event is has a green alert for this morning.
Quiksilver In Memory of Eddie Aikau is a one-day big wave riding event with strict wave height requirements. The event will only take place when waves meet or exceed the Hawaiian 20-foot minimum, with wave face heights of approximately 40 feet.
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Update: The waves are big enough and the Quiksilver In Memory of Eddie Aikau takes place and is underway now. Surf fans can watch live video coverage online on the world surf league site.
This was the threshold at which legendary surfer Eddie Aikau enjoyed to ride the Waimea Bay, Oahu, Hawaii. The event organizers will decide today at 6am local time if the "Eddie Would Go" wave riding event takes place today starting at 8am.
This is the 31st annual Quiksilver In Memory of Eddie Aikau event. The event is in honor of Waimea Bay's first lifeguard, Eddie Aikau. The legendary surfer got lost at sea in 1978 at the age of 31. The invitational features some of the world's best wave riders including Shane Dorian, Kelly Slater, Jeremy Flores, Dave Wassel, Ross Clarke-Jones and Greg Long. In its 31 year history, only 8 times the waves have been big enough for the competition. It has been 6 years since the last time the competition could take place.
In the Quiksilver In Memory of Eddie Aikau event the 28 invited surfers will surf twice the big waves in two separate rounds, both which pit them against six other surfers in a seven-man heat.
Surfers can ride up to four waves in each heat, and each of those rides will be judged on a scale of 1-100.
At the conclusion each surfer's Round 2 heat their total will be comprised of their top four scores from the day. Results will be shown on a leaderboard throughout the day.
If the big wave riding event takes place today, fans can watch live video coverage online on the world surf league site. The Hawaii time zone (HST) is 2 hours behind Pacific time zone.
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