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Thursday, January 20, 2011

MOONSET AT HANALEI

Some advanced wave news from Hanalei, Kauai, as at Sunrise, or Moonset, the waves never got close to 40 foot faces (at 20 feet, Hawaiian style).  I would have to cast some doubt about the Eddie being held today at Waimea Beach on the North Shore of Oahu.  Some Moonset photos in sequence:



While not a great role model, because Eddie Aikau left school at the age of 16 to work in a pineapple cannery, he later was the first hire as a North Shore lifeguard.  He saved many lives and won the 1977 Duke Kahanamoku Invitational Surfing Championship.  At the age of 31, he joined the Hokulea journey back to Polynesia, but the canoe overturned 12 miles south of Molokai.  Eddie volunteered to paddle back on a surfboard to Lanai. The rest of the crew was eventually rescued, but he was never found.   The term "Eddie Would Go," began to spread, mostly because he was the first to brave those large North Shore waves, but, possibly, too, related to his disappearance.

The Quiksilver Big Wave Invitational in Memory of Eddie Aikau was first held at Sunset Beach in 1985.  The competition (only 28 big-wave surfers are invited) was moved to Waimea Bay, and has only been held eight times, the most recent this past Winter (December 2009), where 50-footers (face) were experienced.  Thus, only a year after would be unusual....and...as predicted, the Eddie won't go today.

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The Dow Jones Industrials edged down 2 to 11,823, which world markets mixed.  Gold sunk $21/toz to $1347 and petroleum is just about at $90/barrel.

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