To the One of the first seven-years since its inception, the world’s most prestigious and hard-to-schedule surfing competitions returned to the North Shore of Oahu

It was well worth it the wait.

Forty invitees — a mix of the world’s top professional surfers and local legends — took on wave faces that exceeded 50 feet as an estimated 60,000 spectators watched from the Beach and the surrounding cliffs. The Eddie Aikau Big Wave InvitationalAlso known as the EddieThis award is only given to wave faces that are more than 40 feet in height at Waimea Bay. It’s a rare event.

the End, it was the 27-year-old Luke ShepardsonA surfer/lifeguard. the North Shore of Oahu was defeated the Biggest names the Sport, inclusive the John John Florence was the 2016 world titleholder.

Shepardson Competed in breaks during his lifeguard job. He returned to the tower between heats. His uniform was a yellow T-shirt from the lifeguard and red shorts for board. He accepted his award.

“I can’t believe it, it’s surreal, it’s a dream come true,” He said.

The beach is the Since Saturday evening many had driven to the area, and it was packed. the North Shore, to establish camp. Others trekked miles just to see the sights. the action. The anticipation of the outcome was high. the The event had been scheduled for January 11, but was cancelled due to swell changes.

This is more than a contest in surfing. the Eddie This cultural celebration is to be remembered and celebrated Eddie AikauA surfer hailing from Hawaii. the First lifeguard the North Shore of Oahu

Aikau As a lifeguard, he saved over 500 lives and his last act of service was that of helping others. He participated in a canoe trip retracing his steps the The 1978 ancient Polynesian migration route of the Polynesians between Hawaii and Tahiti was discovered. This vessel capsized the Coast of Lanai, and waiting for rescue Aikau His surfboard was taken and he paddled to shore for help. Rest of the story the Crew was saved, however Aikau Never again.

It was a talk about the Strand and on the livestream Reflected the unique nature of the event. However the Anouncers were praised by their counterparts the In constant change the They also talked extensively about the history, culture and traditions of Hawaii. Aikau himself. There were no scores. the You can livestream the event, at any point the Second round heats were announced. Clyde was declared the winner. Aikau, Eddie’s brother and the The contest director would maintain the Leaderboard “under wraps” Till everyone was on board. The eventual winner would be announced. The winner was: the point.

It was all about the Three words: the back of every competitor’s jersey: “Eddie Would Go.”

Und so they did.

Makua Rotman suffered an injury during a competition for surfers a week back and paddled with a heavy brace to her knees. Michael Ho (65 years old) competed with Mason (34). Andrea Moller from Brazil was the winner. the First female to ride a wave the EddieSix years after Keala Kennelly was born, the As an alternative, the first female invitatione the 2016-17 season. Moller and Kennelly were the two most prominent. the Six women were invited, as well six alternates.

A 50-foot wave can be wiped out in many ways. None of these are particularly good. Some surfers instantly went airborne trying to stay upright, but plummeting instead. the The fourth-floor balcony is at the highest point. Some others were able to navigate a steep vertical drop, only for a wall filled with white water to swallow them. the world’s most turbulent washing machine. There was then the Surfers who rode down the The face of the wave is like stones floating on a lake, with others that somersault over the lip.

Diverse surfers donned their safety vests and pulled a tab to inflate them underwater. the They were hung above the vests the The whitewater. North Shore lifeguards were swift to jump on the scooters of water and take them back to shore. the Whirling ocean

To roaring cheers, surfers returned to shore as the heat ended. Many stood still once they were safely on the shore. the Edge of the Water, reflection on the Stadium, which is rare to produce such conditions.

“It felt incredible to surf in this event,” Kai Lenny is a top Big-wave surfer. the Award ceremony “I know we’ve all had the Eddie Aikau posters in our rooms growing up, so to have the opportunity to actually go out there for Eddie and his ohana, the Aikaus, was a dream come true for me,” He said it using Hawaiian words for “family”.

Clyde Aikau praised the Surfers are known for being brave and willing to take risks. the Fearsome waves “Just paddling out today was a feat in itself,” He said.

He announced then the Florence was second place finisher. the winner, Shepardson. One of a possible ninety points Shepardson Scored 89.1, good enough for collection the $10,000 prize.

It was poetic, with a North Shore surfer winning the event in honor of a Hawaiian surfer.

“I’ve got to get back to the tower,” Shepardson It was followed by a brief celebration. “I got to get back to the tower to make sure everyone is OK until the end of the day.”

It’s safe to say that’s what Eddie I would, as well.