Weekly Swell Update For The Quiksilver In Memory Of Eddie Aikau; Healey Skydives Over North Shore

Skydiving Aerial View Of The North Shore In This Week’s Mark Healey Waimea Weekly Updates

(Huntington Beach, California) January 20, 2009 — The island of Oahu is emerging from a nearly week-long weather system that saw loads of swell and days of strong, clocking winds that were responsible for ruling out the biggest days on the North Shore due to adverse direction and strength. Wave face heights reached 25 feet (Hawaiian-scale) along the North Shore, but largely went unridden due to the poor surface conditions.

The next swell on the radar is slated to peak tomorrow, Wednesday, but is not expected to be big enough for The Quiksilver in Memory of Eddie Aikau. There may, however, be opportunity for the Quiksilver Premium Ku Ikaika Challenge at Makaha to run with wave face heights forecast to be above the necessary 15 feet for the big-wave stand-up paddle competition. Organizers will gather tomorrow morning to assess the conditions.

This week in the Mark Healey Waimea Weekly Update, Mark takes us along on one of his newest thrills – skydiving over the North Shore. Mark joins up with North Shore lifeguard and 2008/2009 Alternate Invitee Dave Wassel to get some insight on the North Shore’s many infamous breaks. To see the full webisode, viewers can tune-in at www.quiksilver.com/eddie.

These video clips along with other videos from The Quiksilver in Memory of Eddie Aikau are available for syndication through Splashcast; videos can be embedded to blogs, social networking sites and more. Make your way to http://web.splashcast.net/web_watch/?code=HXBN3705OC.

Special thanks to Pat Caldwell from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) for the swell data and forecasts. Current conditions and surf report for Waimea Bay, provided by Surfline, is available on the event website www.quiksilver.com/eddie. Visitors can also sign up for the official text alert for when the Bay Calls the Day.

About The Quiksilver in Memory of Eddie Aikau
Scheduled to take place at the hallowed grounds of Waimea Bay, on the North Shore of Oahu, between November 30, 2008, and February 28, 2009, The Quiksilver in Memory of Eddie Aikau, requires one day with a minimum of 20-foot surf (Hawaiian scale, translating to waves exceeding 40 feet faces) in order to run. It is the world’s most prestigious big-wave surfing event and is the only big-wave surf contest sanctioned by the Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP), the governing body of professional surfing.
Held in honor of the legendary Hawaiian waterman, Eddie Aikau, The Quiksilver in Memory of Eddie Aikau gathers 28 of the most skillful and dynamic big-wave surfers from around the world as polled by a comprehensive panel consisting of influential watermen, members of the surf industry, and internationally recognized surfing Associations.

The first memorial event for Aikau was held in 1984 at Sunset Beach, two miles north of Waimea Bay. It was won by local standout Denton Miyamura. Following the inaugural event, The Quiksilver in Memory of Eddie Aikau moved to Waimea Bay, where it has remained ever since. 2008 marks the event’s 24th anniversary; in only seven of those years have the waves been big enough and the conditions right to hold the contest.

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