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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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Comments (5)

Anyone who hasn't seen "Ste... (Below threshold)

Anyone who hasn't seen "Step into Liquid" should rent it soon. Flea had a very prominent spot. That movie featured unbelievable big wave surfing. Even my wife, who always admonishes me not to rent a surfing movie when I go to the store, thought it was great.

Waves were between 35-50 fe... (Below threshold)

Waves were between 35-50 feet! AWESOME!

And it's only the first swell of the winter...more expected this weekend...trying to decide if the kids and I should fight the traffic to take a look...


Eddie would go... (Below threshold)

Eddie would go

Waimea beach is truly one o... (Below threshold)

Waimea beach is truly one of the most spectacular beaches in the world. I should dredge up the few pictures I took while stationed on Oahu.

I STILL have sand in my ears two years after the day of pounding that I took at Waimea... with only SIX foot waves!

And remember, Hawaii doesn'... (Below threshold)

And remember, Hawaii doesn't cheat when they measure a wave. The CONUS Coasts measure waves from the bottom of the FRONT of the wave to the top. In Hawaii, the measurement is taken from the REAR of the swell.






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