The Eddie Aikau Big Wave Invitational 2019
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 females. A few of those big wave riders are Billy Kemper, Paige Alms, Jamie O'Brien, and Landon McNamara. For the first time ever, seven legends will take the Bay in the first heat of the day and be eligible for the Hawaiian Airlines Best Wave of the Day and 250,000 HawaiianMiles. "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." The three-month holding period is from December 1, 2019 through February 29, 2020, and if waves reach heights of 20-feet (Hawaiian style), The Eddie will go. The opening ceremony to kick-off of the waiting period will be held on Thursday, December 5th featuring a traditional Hawaiian blessing, informational booths, entertainment, and an opportunity for Hawaii's keiki to visit with their schools. When The Eddie last ran in 2016, it undeniably became the biggest event in competitive surfing. Over 1.2 million fans watched the live stream from over 200 countries around the world – making it the biggest event in the history of surfing.