After workers, surfers and spectators spent all that time preparing Wednesday night, there was no Quiksilver in Memory of Eddie Aikau big wave surf meet at Waimea Bay. And most people agree that having Eddie stay was the right decision.
At the bay Wednesday night, while watching all those workers putting up scaffolding, banners, tents, television equipment, etc., I asked Eddie spokesperson Jodi Wilmott what would happen if the meet didn't occur. She replied, that instead of watching a surf meet, people around the world would still see some spectacular 18 foot waves and beautiful weather. And they did.
The Eddie is arguably one of the most prestigious surf meets, and not something you do halfway. Only the best should be on display to honor Eddie Aikau.
Is there a chance for Eddie to go this year? Meteorologically speaking the odds are against it. This is a La Nina year, with cooler than normal sea surface temperatures, which usually doesn't bode well for strong storms and large waves in our neighborhood. But having waves get that big this year anyway offers a little hope.