‘The Eddie’ won’t go: Family confirms big wave contest off this season

One of the most prestigious surf contests in the world will not happen this year.

The family of legendary lifeguard and surfer Eddie Aikau says “The Eddie” has been called off.

An opening ceremony was previously scheduled for Nov. 30, but problems with permitting and sponsorship forced the family to cancel.

Myra Aikau, Eddie Aikau’s sister, tells the time they were able to get everything necessary to put the event together, it was just too late.

The City and County of Honolulu said a permit was issued at the beginning of the month, but the Aikau family says there were other details that had to be resolved.

Big wave surfer Makua Rothman says Clyde Aikau, Eddie Aikau’s brother, broke the news to him with a heavy heart.

“To have it canceled is a real bummer for the surfing community, because a lot of people would come just to watch the ceremony, to be there, to feel the mana and to feel the spirit of a Hawaiian man that embodied everything it meant to be Hawaiian and to spread aloha around the world, and to not be able to surf in his honor, it’s a bummer,” said Rothman.

“I’ve been part of this event since I was born. My dad was one of the creators of the event. It’s been a part of my life forever, since I’ve been alive,” he added. “All my heroes have surfed it and to be someone now that’s carried on that ambassador of aloha to the world, you know, it’s a shame, but I feel that one day things will come together and people will realize the significance of the competition and come together and make it pono.”

A holding period has been observed from December through February each year for the past 32 years, but the contest itself has only taken place nine times.

“The Eddie” can only run when conditions reach the 20-foot-plus range Hawaiian scale, or 40-50-foot faces, and they must last all day long.

The invitation-only contest was last held on Feb. 25, 2016, bringing tens of thousands of spectators to Waimea Bay for a day of epic conditions.

The Aikau family parted ways with longtime sponsor Quiksilver in October.

Without a new sponsor, many had wondered if the contest could still happen.

The Aikau family says it is looking forward to holding the event in the 2018-2019 season.

João de Macedo needs u!

BACK ON TOUR # Crowdfunding from JOÃO DE MACED

João "Massas" de Macedo. He was born in New Haven, Connecticut the United States in 1977 and moved to Portugal at the age of seven.

João started surfing in Praia Grande, Sintra, an infamously powerful Portuguese beachbreak that would create the foundations for him to become one of Portugal’s most recognized big wave surfers. His career hit a high point with solid showings at Maverick’s and then 3 years on the Big Wave Tour, which culminated in a Top 5 finish in the 2012 -2013 season.

João‘s passion and dedication to surfing has been accompanied by an active academic life – finishing his degree in Economics in 2000 and a Master’s in Sports Management in 2011 – that then led to social and business entrepreneurship. After finishing his degree in Economics he founded with close friends the surf school, Surf Academia which to this day has never stopped teaching people to surf, based on “the 7” coaching method, developed by João. This business project developed him as a surf coach where he authored the surf instruction manual, “Be a Surfer,” which was originally published in Portugal in 2004 then in the U.S in 2006 and has been re-edited and published in Portugal in 2015.

Yet it was as a Save The Waves Program Manager from 2008 to 2011 that João hit one of his career milestones. Inspired by a quote from Patagonia founder Yvon Chouinard wondering why great surf spots weren’t designated as UNESCO World Heritage Sites or National Parks such as Yosemite, João proposed and then led the development and launch of STW’s groundbreaking World Surfing Reserves program. He now continues as a global ambassador for the program, including serving on the WSR Vision Council.

After living for 10 years in California, João has returned to Portugal to re-vamp his surf school and support Portuguese big wave surfing and surfers through the Endless Ocean project: “Surfing big and heavy waves and teaching people how to surf, I feel is one of the best – even if “underground” – ways to stimulate and nurture people’s consciousness of the beauty and power of the natural world, from there environmentalism and sustainability stems naturally.

Now he is in need of help for better resources to train at Nazaré and for travel to compete World Surf League In Mavericks this year.

To show your support for João de Macedo click here BACK ON TOUR # Crowdfunding

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Local surf photographer, Shawn Pila, takes full advantage of the situation and finds himself a little gem in the heart of Downtown Hilo.

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Surfing The Maldives With Josie & Flick

“The Maldives has some of the most perfect, playful waves in the world. The water is also as clear as you will find anywhere, which makes it even more special. I was up before the sunrise on day 1 and could barely believe what I saw - non-stop waves, not a single other surfer in the line-up and absolute perfection. I surfed until I could barely paddle anymore.

Having a session like that is pretty rare these days; it's the kind of experience that stays with you for a long time.”- Flick Palmateer

“This was my second trip to the Maldives and it was even more beautiful than I remembered! Hudhuran Fushi was such a nice place to stay and everyone who worked there was so friendly and welcoming. It was really amazing to see the friends I had made on a previous trip still there and even better that I could hang again with them! especially Hoobs! Our days were spent in the sun, surfing, boat riding, hanging and eating the yummy curries! My favourite dish was Mas Huni! It’s a mixture of tuna, onion, chilli and grated coconut! So good! This year, the waves were as perfect as it gets, long left handers with very few people out. It was a dream. The first few days were much bigger, and so watching Flick surf on her short board was incredible! Throughout the week we continued to surf at Lohis which was on Hudhuran Fushi, Ninjas and Chickens. Ninjas was my favourite wave as it was more mellow of the three I surfed, it was perfect for longboarding and single fins!”- Josie Prendergast

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Rodrigo Koxa caught a bomb at Nazaré that might very well beat Garrett McNamara

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Surfer girl was bitten by a shark

14 year old surfer girl can’t wait to return to the waves despite a shark bite. Video by Tim Shortt

Brevard County's sixth shark-bite victim this year can't wait to get back in the water.

But 14-year-old Kaia Anderson of Floridana Beach will have to wait until sometime next year, when the severed tendons on her left heel have mended. Late Saturday afternoon, Kaia was surfing with friends when she was bitten

"I felt a tug on my leg," the teen said.

She shouted to her friends that she had been bitten, and they returned to the beach. A fisherman carried her closer to State Road A1A and her parents were contacted.

"She went into shock a little bit, but she didn't cry," said her father, Randall Anderson.

Kaia, whose name is Polynesian for 'ocean,' was treated at Sebastian River Medical Center. It took 100 stitches to patch up the bite, she said.

Anderson said the shark was likely swimming toward food, but clamped onto Kaia's heel instead.

"It immediately let go," he said.

The family lives just on the east side of A1A and uses the Floridana Beach Civic Association's beach access point to hit the surf. Getting from their front steps to the beach is a short walk.

But it's not a walk Kaia will be able to make on two feet for a while, let alone get back in the water. Her doctor said it's a nine-month recovery time for the Hoover Middle School student.

Kaia Anderson, 14, of Floridana Beach (south of Melbourne Beach) was bitten by a shark this past Saturday while surfing. While being interviewed, their dog Spot wanted to be in the photo. (Photo: TIM SHORTT/ FLORIDA TODAY)
"I'm going to miss it because the surf is really good in the winter," she said.

Kaia was Brevard's sixth bite victim this year and 29th in Florida, according to the International Shark Attack File at the University of Florida.

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