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EDDIE AIKAU | Surf Competition

This post is a little late—I've had some major computer issues that (thanks to Apple Care) are now resolved! But, we got to see the Eddie on Oahu's North Shore, Waimea Bay, February 25, 2016.

If you're not familiar, the Eddie Aikau surf competition is one of the most prestigious in the world (put on by Quiksilver). It is named after a Hawaiian lifeguard who had saved countless lives in his lifetime from Hawaii's treacherous waters, and died a hero trying to save others during a shipwreck in the midst of a terrible storm. The Eddie Aikau was established in his honor 40 years ago with only one requirement: the waves must reach 20—50 feet during a consecutive 8-hour period. Those are BIG WAVES! During it's 40 years, the surf competition has only occurred 9 times, which gives you an idea how big these waves must be. My husband, the meteorologist he is, says it happened because of El Niño ;)


As newbies to the surfing world (I come from the Nebraska, where we have seas of corn), we were astonished by the waves, the traffic the competition brought to Oahu's North Shore and the fact that there were surfers crazy enough to be out in the water, allowing themselves to be pummeled by the waves! This will hands down be one of our favorite things we got to experience while living on Hawaii I'm sure.

We had some family visiting, and so we all got up really early, walked to Waimea Bay and found a spot on the cliff to watch from. I took about 800 photos! It was nuts! 

Edit: I've had several inquiries about purchasing the digital files for these. If you are interested in purchasing any of these files, please email me at amber@amberdecicco.com — I am still in the process of building a shopping cart :) Thank you for your patience! 

Here are some of my favorites:

EDIT: For those unfamiliar with surf and Hawaii, I took this drive-by photo yesterday as we were passing Waimea Bay where the Eddie took place this past winter—such a stark difference, eh? The water was it's typical summer-pancake-like-self :) AND what a beautiful day, I must add. Look at those colors! 

EDIT: For those unfamiliar with surf and Hawaii, I took this drive-by photo yesterday as we were passing Waimea Bay where the Eddie took place this past winter—such a stark difference, eh? The water was it's typical summer-pancake-like-self :) AND what a beautiful day, I must add. Look at those colors! 

Amber DeCicco Photography, Oahu North Shore Photography.