SURFER Staffer Crashes Eddie Paddle-Out

| posted on December 03, 2009
Kaohi and Cody

Kaohi and Cody

Today was the 25th Anniversary ceremony of the Eddie at Waimea Bay. Since my college roommate, Kaohi Downing, is the son of Keone Downing —and grandson of pioneer and legend George Downing—I had a special connection with the Downing family and was invited to paddle out with them. Nearly half a mile out to sea on a 10’ board with no wax and no leash, a few dozen invitees, alternates, and family members met at the prestigious Hokulea to give their gratitude to the Aikau family. Holding the hands of those around me tightly as the current pushed us out even farther, I listened as the most prestigious watermen today present this event in honor of Eddie Aikau. At the end of the paddle-out, with a very awe-inspiring fist pump, everyone chanted “Hokulea — Eddie Aikau!” three times over, followed by the lei throwing and buckets of water being sprayed in the faces of legends. This event is truly iconic.


    SHOOTS!!!! This is sick!!

  • sd local

    cody is a good dude, your newbreak bros are stoked for you, the aikaus and the eddie. keep up the good work buddy…PL

  • sd local

    cody is from kauai and he rips, I guess he’s living the dream for now, good on him.

  • Jomama

    Good writing Cody!

    Good Luck with everything!


    whoa dude. no way. BERAH that is so SICK! Keep CRANKIN BOO!!!!!!!

  • larry hamilton

    brah! wish i waz dere woulda pound dat haole out!

  • Aaron

    LEGEND!! lets surf Oside Again!!