2nd place is 2016 Winner John John Florence
3rd place is Mark Healey
4th place is Billy Kemper
5th place is Kai Lenny
6th place is Zeke Lau who also won ‘Wave of the Day’
7th place is Landon McNamara
8th place is Keli’i Mamala
HUGE CONGRATS to Women made history today!
They took on the waves for the first time competing in XXL waves alongside men.
Out of the 40 surfers set to compete, six were women.
“We’re watching history in the making right now,” said surfer and “The Eddie” participant Keala Kennelly.
“To actually be in here on this day and put on a jersey and paddle out … and now it’s not just me, I’ll be there with five of my other sisters, you’re watching history in the making.”
Stay tuned for more story here on SNN. Mahalo
430pm: There were still 15-25′ sets (and 30′ waves did steam roll the line up_ Waimea buoy still pumping 18′ at 18-20sec. SNN
The Surf World’s most prestigious event ‘ THE EDDIE’ had a glorious day. it was worth the wait.
Mark Healy “best big day of Waimea I’ve ever seen in my life.”
Billy Kemper, “Best day in surfing history.”
Dave Wassel “This is an epic Eddie Aikau Invitational. It is as good as it gets.”
An estimated 50,000 spectators have crowded into Waimea throughout the day!
For nearly 40 years the contest has now run 10 times.
The Top 3 Waves were added up over the 2 heats for the 40 competitors.
EARLIER UPDATE: KHON2 SISTER STATION KHII1005 LIVE STREAMED FROM 8AM SUNDAY MORNING…
YOU CAN WATCH ON YOUTUBE TOO HERE
THE CROWDS ARE PACKED IN SHOULDER TO SHOULDER LIKE A MASSIVE CONCERT
THIS IS MORE THAN A SURF CONTEST…THE 10th TIME THE EVENT HAS BEEN CALLED ON SINCE 1984.
THIS EVENT IS DEDICATED TO SOLOMAN AIKAU AND CHINA UEMURA
WNW SURF SHOULD GET 15-25 EVEN SOME 30′ CLOSE OUTS ARE HAPPENNING NOW WITH LITE E TRADES.
11AM WAIMEA BUOY IS NEARING ITS PEAK AT 18-19′ 18-20 SEC! (ENOUGH FOR 45-50′ FACES OR 25-30′ HAWAIIAN)
40 SURFERS, 8 SURFERS PER HEAT, 2 ROUNDS, NON-ELIMINATION LEADER BOARD FORMAT