Monster waves make way for rare surfing competition
Thursday, December 10, 2009
The contest is known as the Eddie Aikau competition, named after a noted Hawaiian surfer who was lost at sea during the 1970s. It has only taken place eight times in the past 25 years.
Tens of thousands of spectators from across the state gathered to watch 28 expert surfers tackle the 40-foot waves. Competitor Jamie O'Brien said, "We were all stoked out there, smiling, laughing and having a good time." He added, "This is like a natural arena out here for this and it's amazing to be a part of it."
The monstrous waves were caused by two cyclones to the northwest of the islands. Conditions have to be nearly perfect for the competition to commence.
The winner was 24 year-old Greg Long, a first-time entrant who took home a $55,000 prize.
The dangerous conditions inflicted one injury, but safety teams were on standby to deal with any accidents.
- Jon Auciello. "50-Foot Waves Bring On Rare Surfing Contest in Hawaii" — , December 10
- "Hawaii holds rare surfing contest as 12m waves roll in" — , December 9, 2009
- Pete Thomas. "San Clemente's Greg Long wins Eddie Aikau big-wave contest in epic Waimea surf" — , December 8, 2009