“It’s not an Eddie day.”
Update: The Eddie is off. Holding period remains open until February 28th, 2011.
The 2010 Quiksilver in Memory of Eddie Aikau is currently on hold, with the official call coming in a few minutes. Above are the real-time report charts from the Northwest Hawaii buoy and the Waimea Bay buoy as of 7:00 a.m. HST.
Only one 20-foot report on the Northwest Hawaii buoy, it occurred at 5:00 p.m. HST (20 feet at 19 seconds 290°). The angle of the swell puts Oahu in Kauai’s shadow, so some of the energy is being blocked. As of 7:00 a.m. HST the highest reported swell height at the Waimea Bay buoy was 16.1 feet at 18.2 seconds (311°) at 4:42 a.m. The trend thus far has been downward, with the 7:12 a.m. report being significantly smaller at 11.5 feet at 18.2 seconds.
Looking back on previous years that the Eddie has run, the smallest observed significant wave heights on the Waimea Bay buoy are: 13 feet at 17 seconds (2002); 12 feet at 17 seconds (2004); 14 feet at 16 seconds (2009). Looking at these numbers, the 4:42 a.m. report is definitely worthy, but the latest reports are right on the fringe.
It will be a mediocre event if Quiksilver decides to run it. I doubt Downing will let that happen. He has too much respect for Eddie’s legacy.