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Sunday, 13 January 2008

The "Eddie" might go....

Waimea Bay, Oahu, Hawaii - In one of the most epic winter weeks for surf from the Hawaiian Islands to the coast of California, organizers of the Quiksilver Big Wave Invitational in Memory of Eddie Aikau, the world's original big-wave surf competition held at Waimea Bay, Hawaii, have placed the event on high alert to possibly run today, Sunday, January 13.

The paddle-in only event requires a minimum swell height of 20 feet Hawaiian scale, which translates to wave face heights of 40+ feet. The swell bringing waves to California today, passed through Hawaii on Wednesday and Thursday with wave faces in the 25-30 foot range. The new swell arriving tomorrow in Hawaii is forecast to go higher.

Some of the surfers competing at Mavericks yesterday have already booked last minute flights to Hawaii and are awaiting the official contest call, hoping to ride the next giant swell to sweep through the Pacific. Those surfers include Peter Mel, Ross Clarke-Jones, Brock Little, Anthony Tashnick and Garrett McNamara.

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