Waimea Bay, Oahu. (NYSE:ZQK) The opening ceremonies of The Quiksilver in Memory of Eddie Aikau Big Wave Invitational, or “The Eddie” as it has come to be known among surfing’s elite, will be held at Waimea Bay on the north shore of Oahu on December 3, 2002. As part of these ceremonies, Quiksilver will officially re-name its Quiksilver Boardriders Club Store in Waikiki on Kuhio to “The Eddie Aikau Quiksilver Boardriders Club” in honor of the event’s namesake.
Renowned for attracting members of the surfing community from all corners of the world, the Eddie Aikau Quiksilver Boardriders Club store will open with its new name on December 5, 2002. Additionally, author Stuart Holmes Coleman will be at the store to sign copies of “Eddie Would Go,” a biography of Eddie’s life.
Launched by Quiksilver in 1986 to honor the legendary Hawaiian waterman Eddie Aikau, “The Eddie” gathers the most skillful and dynamic big-wave surfers from around the world. The 48 invitees are handpicked by a collection of influential and experienced watermen. The waiting period for the one-day event will be from December 5, 2002 until February 28, 2003. The event, which has crowned a champion five times over the past 16 years, requires a minimum of 20-foot surf and offers winners $50,000 – one of the sport’s richest cash prizes.
“The Eddie is synonymous with surfing tradition. The Opening Ceremony is incredible – hundreds of respected surfers gather to pay tribute to one of Hawaii’s greatest watermen,” said Taylor Whisenand, Director of Marketing at Quiksilver. “Crowds descend onto Waimea Bay creating a natural amphitheater with amazing energy. When it goes, there is no event in surfing quite like it. We hope this winter makes for three consecutive years in a row.”