Legendary Waimea Bay was the site of a rarely held surf contest yesterday. The Quiksilver In Memory of Eddie Aikau Big Wave Invitational doesn’t have an official date and it’s competitors are by invite only. The competition only occurs within a the two month range if the swells at Waimea reach 20 feet or higher. Yesterday was such a day and word spread quickly.
The Honolulu Advertiser has more details on the competition.
The event was created to honor Eddie Aikau, Waimea Bay’s first lifeguard and one of Hawai’i’s greatest watermen. He was lost at sea in 1978 during a solo rescue attempt for the voyaging canoe Hokule’a, which had capsized.
Look close at the picture above. That’s Darryl “Flea” Virostko, who sustained a knee injury during that wipeout, and needed assistance from lifeguards. According the to article he appeared to be OK after the event.