More, photo: Marco Garcia, image 3 of 6, a bodyboarder catches a wave at Waimea Bay after the Memory of Eddie Aikau surfing contest was canceled, Wednesday, Feb.
Graced by gorgeous weather on the North Shore of Oahu, the.
The second time around, the WSL did it right.When we woke up this morning, it just wasnt there.Far from the wilds of Mavericks, immersed in a public arena drenched in passion and exultation, I experienced the ultimate surfing contest last Thursday.A surfer catches a wave at Waimea Bay after the Memory of Eddie Aikau surfing contest was canceled, Wednesday, Feb.It was also a letdown for the thousands of people gathered at Waimea Bay when the contest was postponed.He doesnt chase big surf around the world.I had my beachfront rental cottage (Ke Iki Road) destroyed behind repair by the swell that produced the 1986 event.For all that took place - John Florences win, Slaters inevitable magic, the unbelievably frightening wipeouts, the tremendous performances by Ross Clarke-Jones, Jamie OBrien, Danilo Couto, Makua Rothman and many others, its the memory of Clyde Aikau that lingers.Surfing is like that.He just went, swell after swell, as big as it got.He spent the night in Haleiwa, waking up before dawn to get a prime viewing spot on the beach. .On the North Shore, though, Brock became the man.Theres a Hawaiian word, mana, that translates into spiritual power.A massive manhunt began, including the deployment of the largest air and sea search in Hawaiian history, but Aikau was never seen again.This, said Randy Rarick, a longtime contest organizer and Hawaiian-raised big-wave rider, was the greatest Eddie of them all.This winter's El Niño weather pattern has been generating swell throughout the Pacific for months now and already provided contestable conditions for the Big Wave Tour's.We wouldnt want to run it unless its in the conditions that everybody expects.
Thats how it goes with so many great Hawaiian surfers.