Back in October, GrindTV reported that the iconic Quiksilver in Memory of Eddie Aikau big-wave invitational at Waimea Bay was in serious jeopardy of existing any longer. Negotiation talks between the Aikau family and sponsor Quiksilver broke down for the second year in a row, and both sides admitted as much that negotiations had stalled and they would disband.
Hawaii’s KHON2 reported over the weekend that the Aikau family has renamed the event to simply “The Eddie” and it will continue without the sponsorship of Quiksilver.
Revealing the contest’s new poster at the annual essay contest luncheon, Clyde Aikau did not say whether or not a new sponsor was in the works. But he did have kind words for Quiksilver, “I do wanna thank Quiksilver for all the years. The family is just moving on with the tremendous support from the public and from Hawaii.”
The Aikau family also stated they still plan on holding the opening ceremony on Nov. 30 as usual as well. While details and logistics are still very much up in the air, this gives some very positive hope that the contest will continue its tradition in honoring the fallen Eddie Aikau.
It is a new era for the big-wave event, as it will be the first time in three decades that Quiksilver is not attached to it. Clyde Aikau admits this is a new path:
“Even if we have to have coconuts for trophies and you come down with a can of sardines, Uncle Clyde will feed you rice and we'll have the event. It's just a whole new road and a very exciting road, and the main thing is that the family wants to continue to carry on Eddie's legacy and what he was all about.”
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