Eddie Aikau (1946 – 1978) & Surfing 

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 Eddie Aikau (1946 – 1978) & Browsing 

Iconic big-wave rider from Honolulu, Hawaii; winner of the 1977 Duke Kahanamoku Vintage surf contest, simply 3 months sooner than loss of life in a boating twist of fate; thought to be the best Waimea surfer of his time, and namesake to the Quiksilver in Reminiscence of Eddie Aikau big-wave surf contest. “He had without equal Hawaiian taste,” Authentic Corral according to Surfing LA beach surf record next-generation big-wave charger Darrick Doerner stated in 1990. “Take off and drop in, massive backside flip, disappear right into a mountain of whitewater, come out, throw his hair again; that was once Eddie. Bully taste.”

Aikau was once born (1946) and raised in Kahului, Maui, the son of a truck motive force, started browsing at age 11, and moved together with his circle of relatives to Honolulu in 1959. At 16, Aikau dropped out of highschool to paintings full-time at a Dole Pineapple cannery. Six years years later he started running as a North Shore lifeguard, and in 1971 he was once stationed at Waimea Bay, a big-wave smash he’d been browsing for years. His debut at Waimea in overdue 1966 was once astounding: “he rode massive waves for over six hours with no smash,” Browsing mag reported, “and when he in spite of everything left the water, he was once judged by means of maximum to had been some of the greatest riders of the day.” Ten months later, at the greatest ridable day of the last decade, Aikau merely broke clear of the pack and was once untouchable. The impact he left was once bolstered by means of his darkish and rugged excellent seems to be, his fire-engine crimson board, and his white surf trunks accented with a unmarried crimson horizontal stripe.

Aikau was once a gradual performer throughout the early years {of professional} browsing in Hawaii. He was once a six-time finalist within the Duke contest between 1966 and 1974; within the Smirnoff he positioned 5th in 1971, fourth in 1972, and 3rd in 1976; he additionally completed 3rd within the 1976 Lancers International Cup, and was once invited to the 1971 and 1973 Expression Classes. When Aikau gained the 1977 Duke, he beat long term international champions Mark Richards and Wayne Bartholomew, in addition to international excursion standouts Dane Kealoha, Bobby Owens, and Rory Russell. He completed the season world-rated #12. More youthful brother Clyde Aikau additionally made a reputation for himself within the massive Hawaiian surf.

Aikau’s unique bowlegged stance was once extensively imitated within the overdue ’60s and early ’70s, and pictures of him at Waimea had been printed in Existence mag in 1966, 3 years sooner than Financial institution of The usa used an Aikau shot in a national billboard advert marketing campaign. A occupation low level got here in 1972, when he visited Durban, South Africa, for a professional contest, and was once grew to become clear of his resort for being dark-skinned. It was once additional required that he get a unique allow to surf Durban’s whites-only seashores.

In 1978, Aikau received a berth at the Hokule’a, a reproduction of the double-hulled canoe utilized by historical Polynesians to sail between Hawaii and Tahiti. On March 16, Aikau and 15 different Hokule’a team individuals left Honolulu for a 2,400-mile voyage that may reenact the midocean crossing; 5 hours into the go back and forth, the starboard hull sprung a leak and the boat capsized, leaving the team striking directly to the port hull. At 10:30 the next morning, Aikau took a existence vest, rain slicker, knife, and strobe gentle, and set out on a 10-foot surfboard for the island of Lanai, 12 miles to the east. Later that day the Hokule’a team was once picked up by means of a rescue crew. Coast Guard rescuers looked for every week, however Aikau’s frame wasn’t discovered.

The governor of Hawaii declared April 1 to be Eddie Aikau Day (the date was once later modified to March 17), and in 1980 a commemorative plaque was once put in in Aikau’s honor at Waimea, now not some distance from the lifeguard tower the place he labored. A competition in Aikau’s title was once held at Sundown according to Surfing LA beach in 1984; it later  developed into the Quiksilver in Reminiscence of Eddie Aikau big-wave contest, held at Waimea. The 1986 version of the competition was once gained by means of Clyde Aikau, who used a 10-year-old board that had belonged to his brother.

Aikau seemed in a handful of surf films, together with Golden Breed (1968), Waves of Exchange (1970), and Fluid Force (1974). In 2000 he was once inducted into the Huntington according to Surfing LA beach Browsing Stroll of Reputation; a biography, Eddie Would Move: The Tale of Eddie Aikau, Hawaiian Hero, written by means of Stuart Coleman, was once printed in 2002. Hawaiian: The Legend of Eddie Aikau, a documentary made by means of Using Giants director Stacy Peralta, longtime surf journalist Sam George, and manufacturer Paul Taublieb, debuted in 2013.

The Eddie Aikau Basis, a nonprofit team devoted to maintaining Hawaiian custom and tradition, was once based in 2000.

Aikau was once married as soon as and had no kids.

Eddie Aikau

 

Historical past of Browsing
·Aikau, Clyde 
·Aikau, Eddie 
·Bartholomew, Wayne 
·big-wave browsing 
·dying and browsing 
·Doerner, Darrick 
·Duke Kahanamoku Invitational 
·Durban 
·Espere, Tiger 
·Expression Consultation 
·Kaio, Kealoha 
·Kealoha, Dane 
·Keating, Dick 
·lifeguarding and browsing 
·Quiksilver in Reminiscence of Eddie Aikau, The 
·race, racism and browsing 
·Richards, Mark 
·Using Giants 
·Smirnoff Professional-Am 
·Waimea Bay 
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Historical past of Browsing
·Eddie Aikau’s State of Grace 
·Gods of Thunder 
·Surfers vs Apartheid 
Interviews
·Clyde Aikau 
·Darrick Doerner 
·Eddie Aikau 
Weblog
·I SEE YOUR POWER LIST AND RAISE TWO MORE! 15 GREAT POWER SURFERS 
·Sixties DUKE INVITATIONAL POWER RANKINGS: DOYLE #1! 
·Nineteen Seventies DUKE CLASSIC POWER RANKINGS: HAKMAN #1! 
·SUNDAY JOINT, 1-21-2019 
Movies
·1966 Duke Invitational, Sundown according to Surfing LA beach (complete duration) 
·1986 Quiksilver / Eddie Aikau Large Wave Invitational (lengthy model) 
·1990 Quiksilver in Reminiscence of Eddie Aikau (lengthy model) 
·Clyde Aikau 
·Eddie Aikau 
·Waimea ’67, from “Sunshine Sea” 
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Contests
·1969 Duke Kahanamoku Browsing Vintage 
·1973 Duke Kahanamoku Browsing Vintage 
·1977 Duke Kahanamoku Browsing Vintage 
·1990 Quiksilver, in Reminiscence of Eddie Aikau