The Iconic Event still has a chance for EDDIE TO GO 2 years in a row!
The waiting period is December 14, 2023 through March 12, 2024. The El Nino will still be working though it will be going ‘neutral’ by April.
John John Florence won in Jan 2016…then Luke Shepardson won Jan 2023.
The Sketchy factors were: The timing of the peak of the upcoming XXL NW on Thursday midday to evening but moderate to fresh NNW Winds will make for poor onshore dangerous conditions. The SIZE was not the biggest issue…The upcoming episode looks to deliver 40-45′ faces with a few close outs + outer reefs going HUGE. Pe’ahi could hit 50′ crest to trough.
The swell ramps big time all morning Thursday but with moderate-fresh NNW winds…it’ll be stormy straight onshore. The HUGE NW buoys peak at about 4pm near 22’21sec…enough for 40-50′ faces or between 25 to 35′ Hawaii Scale! On Friday the episode will be dropping but still XXL at 30′ to near 40′ faces ‘ (18-25′ Local Scale); buoys dropping from 18′ 17 sec predawn to 14’ 16 sec late afternoon…and NNE to fresh NE veering winds…
Legendary Pipe and Big Wave Warrior Liam McNamara and large forecast crew made the good call. SNN
Eddie Would Go™
The biggest surfing event in the world ran again on January 22, 2023, only the 10th time since it began in 1984.
Our last event saw over 2 million streaming views from fans in over 200 countries around the world.
Just as in year’s past, the contest will run if wave face heights consistently reach 40-feet between December 14, 2023 through March 12, 2024.
The Eddie invites surfers, alternates, and legends to showcase their high-performance surfing at Waimea Bay on the North Shore of Oahu.
The Eddie is the premier Event in the sport of Surfing – The Super Bowl of Surfing.
The Eddie Big Wave Invitational celebrates the current lineage of big wave surfers, as well as the ones that came before.
The legend of Eddie Aikau is an important part of Hawaiian Culture.
Eddie Aikau was a championship athlete, a waterman, and a family man who truly cared for others.
Eddie was not just the 1st lifeguard at Waimea Bay; he was the 1st lifeguard for the entire North Shore and saved over 500 people throughout his career.
Eddie would brave the waves that often reached 30 feet or more, when no one else would go out.
It’s important to keep his legacy alive and inspire the next generation to live like Eddie did.
The 39th annual Eddie Big Wave Invitational is aiming to bring focus onto Hawaiian Culture, with a goal to share the stories and legacy of Hawaii with the world.
With the Waimea Valley extending behind Waimea Bay, this is an area rich with historic Hawaiian Cultural significance.
Grant Twiggy Baker
John John Florence
Lucas Chumbo Chianca
Nic von Rupp
#1 – Ha’a Aikau
#2 – Ian Walsh
#3 – Taio Shipman
#4 – Mikey O-Shaughnessy
#5 – Joey Aloha Cadiz
#5 – Greg Long
#7 – Jamie O’Brien
#8 – Kahea Hart
#9 – Barron Mamiya
#10 -Koa Smith
#11 – Mike Pietsch
#12- Cliff Kapono
#13- Othmane Choufani
#14- Tom Robert Lowe
#1 – Moana Jones Wong
#2 – Tiare Lawrence
#3- Annie Star Reickert
#4- Izzi Gomez
#5- Skylar Lickle
#6- Raquel Heckert
Andy Irons Brock Little
George Downing Todd Chesser
Jay Moriarity Peter Davi