Big Wednesday

Mavericks Men Who Ride Mountains champion Daryl Virotsko from the U.S. surfs during the Quiksilver Eddie Aikau Big Wave Invitational contest at Waimea Bay, Hawaii, December 15, 2004. Virotsko took one of the most frightening wipeouts of the century, dropping down the face of a gigantic 40-foot wave. He suffered a knee injury from the fall and was forced to withdraw from the event. The Quiksilver In Memory of Eddie Aikau Big Wave Invitational is sanctioned by the Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) and has an annual two-month waiting period .REUTERS/ASP/KAren Wilson/Handout

Legendary Waimea Bay was the site of a rarely held surf contest yesterday. The Quiksilver In Memory of Eddie Aikau Big Wave Invitational doesn’t have an official date and it’s competitors are by invite only. The competition only occurs within a the two month range if the swells at Waimea reach 20 feet or higher. Yesterday was such a day and word spread quickly.

The Honolulu Advertiser has more details on the competition.

The event was created to honor Eddie Aikau, Waimea Bay’s first lifeguard and one of Hawai’i’s greatest watermen. He was lost at sea in 1978 during a solo rescue attempt for the voyaging canoe Hokule’a, which had capsized.

Look close at the picture above. That’s Darryl “Flea” Virostko, who sustained a knee injury during that wipeout, and needed assistance from lifeguards. According the to article he appeared to be OK after the event.

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