Archive for the ‘The Eddie Aikau Contest 2016’ Category


Well, the first question begs asking, do we have waves coming? An 03/01 9:35 PM Update re Wednesday surf.  The small swell hasn’t hit the 120 mile buoy yet, so don’t get your hopes up real big.  (end 03/01 9:35 PM update)

I  believe Wednesday we shall see some really fun thigh to waist high glassy waves, with almost ground swell in power.  It is a straight easterly swell, yeah, that’s  a trace different then all these NE’sters huh?  As it stands for now, it will be mostly cloudy Wednesday morning with 63 air temps at daybreak but warming to 68 degrees by 9 am.  The winds should be SW, turning West, to WNW in the 4-8 mph range at daybreak, and picking up to the low teens by afternoon, but supposedly, still offshore.  The water temp will be 68 something, so you may be able to vest it, or spring suit, or even skin it!

Okay, so check out this interview with John John just over 3 years ago.  When Mark Healey, gets the pleasure of walking up to the door of John John Florence, to hand him “The Eddie” invite 🙂  You have to love, how humble John John is, when he receives it.  He admits fear, and a little, duh, ah don’t know, all in a very down to earth way of just admitting,  Oh Sh_ t!  That is a brutal contest, but a great honor.  Ya gotta love that , to just this past Wednesday, that same kid, who has always been a Pipeline master, gets thrown into the same invite, and wins the contest with such calm, such confidence, and Masterful surfing and skill!


Who doesn’t love watching Big Wave Surfing?  More of the Eddie 🙂

NOTE: THIS IS A 02/28 SUNDAY 7:14 AM, UPDATE FROM YESTERDAYS POST REGARDING THE MASSIVE NE SWELL.  Unfortunately, it has now shrunk half in size.  We’ll keep you updated during the week. (<<< end 02/28 update) We have a massive steep steep NE ground expected next Saturday.  Possibly 11-13 second period swell, with 8-9 foot of swell, by next Saturday night, as the models now show.


John John Florence wins the Eddie Aikau event, in the biggest waves they have ever had for the contest.

 

Our 11 time WSL champion, Kelly Slater, takes 5th place, with style that was mind-blowing.  He also caught the only barrel in the event, and pulled out of it. (the only one I know of)