JOHN JOHN FLORENCE: WINS IT! GIANT SURF REWRITES HISTORY

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JJF, the most unassuming Champ. Photo: Banzaibetty.com

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At one point 6 Jet Skies had to run for the sand on a close out set. Moments later they were back out! Photo: Banzaibetty.com

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Some of the best wipe outs ever! Photo: Banzaibetty.com

QUIKSILVER IN MEMORY OF EDDIE AIKAU WAS CALLED ON AND IT WAS A VERY GOOD CALL. FULL STORY COMING. 

Crowds gather at Waimea Bay in anticipation for the start of the Quiksilver in Memory of Eddie Aikau to commence.
Image: WSL/Freesurf/Heff

Rank Name Round 1 Round 2 Score
1
John John FlorenceHAW
Heat 3

465965

Heat 3

892988

301
2
Ross Clarke-JonesAUS
Heat 1

287167

Heat 2

3089644

278
3
Shane DorianHAW
Heat 1

1763

270
4
Jamie MitchellAUS
Heat 1

3746

Heat 2

68680

249
5
Kelly SlaterUSA
Heat 2

60325

Heat 2

23554281

238
6
Dave WasselHAW
Heat 2

1820522

Heat 2

50646254

230
7
Mason HoHAW
Heat 4

11475

Heat 3

492669

191
8
Jamie O’BrienHAW
Heat 2

1115539

180
9
Makuakai RothmanHAW
Heat 4

2351362

Heat 4

7318

176
10
Aaron GoldHAW
Heat 2

3748

139
11
Mark HealeyHAW
Heat 3

2576

Heat 3

1022

133
12
Takayuki WakitaHAW
Heat 3

6181862

Heat 4

6625

123
13
Koa RothmanHAW
Heat 4

353045

Heat 3

7

117
14
Ian WalshHAW
Heat 4

10

Heat 4

31242535

115
15
Reef McIntoshHAW
Heat 2

51031

112
16
Kohl ChristensenHAW
Heat 1

2447

109
16
Grant BakerZAF
Heat 2

23

Heat 2

680

109
18
Bruce IronsHAW
Heat 4

44

Heat 4

57

101
19
Ramon NavarroCHL
Heat 1

5

Heat 2

66623

100
20
Danilo CoutoBRA
Heat 4

69

Heat 3

246

99
21
Clyde AikauHAW
Heat 3

52139

Heat 3

26

91
22
Nathan FletcherUSA
Heat 3

8526

Heat 4

2430

88
23
Sunny GarciaHAW
Heat 1

1037

Heat 2

40

87
24
Peter MelUSA
Heat 3

9

Heat 4

4730

86
24
Kala AlexanderHAW
Heat 4

Heat 3

3749

86
26
Greg LongUSA
Heat 1

317

71
27
Tom CarrollAUS
Heat 2

236

67
28
Ben WilkinsonAUS

Heat 4

9208

37
Noah JohnsonHAW
Heat 3

0
Location:    Waimea Bay, North Shore, Oahu/Hawaii
Event window:
Window Closes on February 28, 2016.
Today’s call: Called ON for 8AM HST Start
Conditions: 44′-55′ Faces for EDDIE/BROCK Swell!

DAWN: WAIMEA BAY, Oahu/Hawaii (Thursday, February 25, 2016) – The Quiksilver in Memory of Eddie Aikau, a WSL Specialty Event, has officially been called ON for Thursday, February 25 at the world-renowned Waimea Bay with an 8am HST start. Conditions are in the giant category with wave face heights of 45 to 55 feet and occasional close-outs across the bay.

The spirited energy can be felt throughout the crowd, which is estimated to be around 20,000 people. Live music resonates across the beach, along with the explosion of waves as they crack off the coastline. As the sun rose over Waimea Valley, surfers, contest organizers and fans alike prepared for a full day of competition in memory of the waterman and legend Eddie Aikau.

“We are proud to tell you that today, Eddie will go,” said Myra Aikau.

The Aikau family gathered with competitors early this morning to address the importance of safety. “Our number one focus is on everyone’s safety, and having a great day of amazing surf that Eddie would be proud of,” said Aikau.

“This is what we’ve been waiting for,” said event director Glen Moncata. ”This is real Eddie. It’s going to be a little morning sick to start as it fills in, but as the trades come on we will be looking at one for the record books.”

The Quiksilver In Memory of Eddie Aikau is a tribute event for native Hawaiian big wave surfer, and early Waimea Bay lifeguard, Eddie Aikau.

Today’s swell is the second of two giant back-to-back swells to hit Oahu’s North Shore this week.

Today’s “Eddie” is being contested by 28 invitees, including defending Eddie winner and BWT current rankings’ leader Greg Long (USA); Clyde Aikau (HAW), Eddie’s brother and winner of the second Eddie event; and 11-time World Champion and 2001/2002 Eddie winner Kelly Slater (USA).

In the six years since this event last ran, technology has advanced considerably in the world of big wave riding and this will be the first year that participants have the option of wearing a specially designed inflatable vest. To ensure surfers safety, Quiksilver has developed in collaboration with Aqua Lung a new generation of big wave equipment, the newly released Quiksilver x Aqua Lung Inflatable Vest. This will be vital equipment for athletes given today’s conditions.

The Quiksilver in Memory of Eddie Aikau is being webcast LIVE at WorldSurfLeague.com as well as the WSL app. The event is also being carried by our LIVE broadcast partners Fox Sports Australia, CNS Sports in the United States, ESPN Brasil, Globosat, Edgesport, Sky NZ, Sport TV, Canal + Deportes, Channel Nine, MCS, Starhub, and Oceanic Time Warner Cable 250 & 1250 in Hawaii.

The Quiksilver in Memory of Eddie Aikau Heat Draw:

Round 1/Heat 1
Shane Dorian (HAW)
Kohl Christensen (HAW)
Greg Long (USA)
Ramon Navarro (CHL)
Sunny Garcia (HAW)
Ross Clarke-Jones (AUS)
Jamie Mitchell (AUS)

Round 1/Heat 2
Kelly Slater (USA)
David Wassel (HAW)
Grant Baker (ZAF)
Reef McIntosh (HAW)
Jamie O’Brien (HAW)
Aaron Gold (HAW)
Tom Carroll (AUS)

Round 1/Heat 3
John John Florence (HAW)
Mark Healey (HAW)
Clyde Aikau (HAW)
Nathan Fletcher (USA)
Noah Johnson (HAW)
Peter Mel (USA)
Takayuki Wakita (JPN)

Round 1/Heat 4
Bruce Irons (HAW)
Makuakai Rothman (HAW)
Ian Walsh (HAW)
Danilo Couto (BRZ)
Kala Alexander (HAW)
Mason Ho (HAW)
Koa Rothman (HAW)

Round 2/Heat 1
Shane Dorian (HAW)
Kohl Christensen (HAW)
Greg Long (USA)
Reef McIntosh (HAW)
Jamie O’Brien (HAW)
Aaron Gold (HAW)
Tom Carroll (AUS)

Round 2/Heat 2
Kelly Slater (USA)
David Wassel (HAW)
Grant Baker (ZAF)
Ramon Navarro (CHL)
Sunny Garcia (HAW)
Ross Clarke-Jones (AUS)
Jamie Mitchell (AUS)

Round 2/Heat 3
John John Florence (HAW)
Mark Healey (HAW)
Clyde Aikau (HAW)
Danilo Couto (BRZ)
Kala Alexander (HAW)
Mason Ho (HAW)
Koa Rothman (HAW)

Round 2/Heat 4
Bruce Irons (HAW)
Makuakai Rothman (HAW)
Ian Walsh (HAW)
Nathan Fletcher (USA)
Noah Johnson (HAW)
Peter Mel (USA)
Takayuki Wakita (JPN)

Next Alternates
Ben Wilkinson (AUS)
Jamie Sterling (AUS)
Billy Kemper (HAW)
Shawn Dollar (USA)
Carlos Burle (BRA)
Kealii Mamala (HAW)
Gabriel Villaran (USA)
Michael Ho (HAW)
Kai Lenny (HAW)
Kahea Hart (HAW)
Nathan Florence (HAW)
Damien Hobgood (USA)
Kalani Chapman (HAW)
Ryan Hipwood (AUS)
Danny Fuller (HAW)
Nic Lamb (USA)
Anthony Tashnick (HAW)
Rusty Long (HAW)
Derek Dunfee (USA)
Brock Little (HAW) – Honorable inclusion

Tournament winners

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