After a fall in which its future existence seemed in serious doubt, the opening ceremony for the Quiksilver in Memory of Eddie Aikau Big Wave Invitational happened yesterday at Waimea Bay. This comes in the same week that it was saved after the Aikau family, Quiksilver and the World Surf League finally came to an agreement.

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The opening ceremony for The Eddie kicks off the holding period for the prestigious event, and is always an emotion-filled day paying tribute to a fallen waterman.

Also on-hand for the ceremony were the likes of the best big-wave surfers from around the world — guys like Kelly Slater, Greg Long, Ian Walsh, Mark Healey, Shane Dorian, Aaron Gold, Grant Baker and so many more. The rain they experienced finally let up, and allowed for a beautiful finish to the evening.

The #EddieAikau ceremony was amazing this evening. #waimeabay #eddiewouldgo #bigwave

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Reigning Eddie and 2016 world champ John Florence told the WSL about the importance of this event, “I am super honored to be back here this season. 2016 was the biggest year of my life and it started at The Eddie. Thank you to the Aikaus and Quiksilver and the WSL for welcoming us back this year.”

Reining champ John Florence paddling out. Photo: Courtesy of Ed Sloane/World Surf League

Reining champ John Florence paddling out. Photo: Courtesy of Ed Sloane/World Surf League

2009 Eddie champ Bruce Irons in the middle. Photo: Courtesy of Ed Sloane/World Surf League

2009 Eddie champ Bruce Irons in the middle. Photo: Courtesy of Ed Sloane/World Surf League

Zeke Lau in some impeccable lighting, courtesy of Eddie himself from above most likely. Photo: Courtesy of Ed Sloane/World Surf League

Zeke Lau in some impeccable lighting, courtesy of Eddie himself from above most likely. Photo: Courtesy of Ed Sloane/World Surf League

The ceremonial splashing of the water. Photo: Courtesy of Kelly Cestari/World Surf League

The ceremonial splashing of the water. Photo: Courtesy of Kelly Cestari/World Surf League

With the holding period running till February 28, hopefully Waimea Bay produces 20-foot-plus (Hawaiian) swell for The Eddie to run again. More information is available at Quiksilver’s website.

Kelly Slater during the opening ceremony of the Eddie Aikau 2016. Photo: Courtesy of Ed Sloane/World Surf League

Kelly Slater during the opening ceremony of the Eddie Aikau 2016. Photo: Courtesy of Ed Sloane/World Surf League

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