While there were a handful of bombs that met the 20-foot threshold, they were too few and far between to run the 2010 Quiksilver in Memory of Eddie Aikau today at Waimea Bay.
It takes a tremendous amount of time and energy to run the Eddie. Contestants flew in from across the world to be here this morning, ready to challenge the 20-foot surf. Webcast production crews were pumping out updates and interviews at 8:00 a.m. Photographers and spectators camped overnight to get a prime viewing spot.
Police set up barricades two days ago in anticipation, and were on hand to manage traffic and control the 15,000 people gathered around Waimea. Water patrol was ready to provide jet-ski assistance and a valuable safety net for the surfers. Local news channels were broadcasting live morning show updates before the Sun was even up.
With so much hype, so much invested, it would have been easy to overlook the inconvenience of inconsistent surf, sound the horn, and send that first heat into the water. In the end however, the integrity of the contest and the standards it has established over 26 years, the very reason why it is so special, prevailed.
Mahalo Quiksilver for keeping the Eddie legacy intact.