The Eddie Aikau Foundation presents The Eddie Aikau Big Wave Invitational 2019 with an all-star line-up and new format. For the 34th annual event, 32 Invitees and 18 Alternates will be invited including nine wahine.
"The Eddie Aikau Foundation is excited to have the support of our generous sponsors who have joined us in celebrating and honoring the life and legacy of our brother, Eddie," said Solomon Aikau. "This year we honor not only the equality of women in the sport, but some of the longtime surfers in the industry."
INVITEES Aaron Gold, Andrea Moller, Ben Wilkinson, Billy Kemper, Bruce Irons, Danilo Couto, Dave Wassel, Eli Olson, Emi Erickson, Grant Baker, Greg Long, Ian Walsh, Jamie O’Brien, Jamie Mitchell, John John Florence, Kai Lenny, Keala Kennelly, Keali‘i Mamala, Kelly Slater, Koa Rothman, Landon McNamara, Lucas Chianca, Luke Shepardson, Makuakai Rothman, Mark Healey, Mason Ho, Nathan Florence, Nathan Fletcher, Paige Alms, Ross Clarke-Jones, Shane Dorian, Tikanui Smith,
MALE ALTERNATES Tyler Larronde, Kyle Shipman, Kohl Christensen, Chris Bertish, Chris Owens, Mike Pietsch, Torrey Meister, Alex Martins, Ryan Seelbach, Matt Bromley, Reef McIntosh, Ezekiel Lau, Jamie Sterling,
FEMALE ALTERNATES Bianca Valenti, Raquel Heckert, Justine Dupont, Silvia Nabuco, Laura Enever
Due to the obvious need for Big Waves, a consistent swell with a minimum height of 20 feet is required for The Eddie to run, The three-month holding period is from December 1, 2019 through February 29, 2020, and if waves reach heights of 20-feet (Hawaiian style - crest to troth), The Eddie will go.
When The Eddie last ran in 2016, the spectacle became the biggest event in competitive surfing history with over 1.2 million surfing fans watching the live stream in over 200 countries from around the globe.
Will Eddie Go?
It's just a question of when!