Opening ceremony held for Eddie Aikau Big Wave Invitational

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An opening ceremony for the Eddie Aikau Big Wave Invitational took place at Waimea Bay Thursday.

The ceremony featured the Aikau family, invited surfers, along with Hokulea.

“We’re so privileged to share that with the public and the world, and with Hokulea in the background, it’s just chicken skin,” said Aikau’s brother, Clyde Aikau.

The last time the Eddie was held was in 2016.

The contest faced some challenges in recent years, but with the support of three new sponsors, surfers will get a shot at the coveted title.

The one-day event can only take place if and when waves meet a 20-foot minimum height during the holding period of Dec. 1, 2018 through Feb. 28, 2019.

Twenty-eight surfers and alternates were invited this year:

Invitees

  • Grant Baker
  • Lucas Chianca
  • Ross Clarke-Jones
  • Danilo Couto
  • Shane Dorian
  • Nathan Fletcher
  • John John Florence
  • Nathan Florence
  • Sunny Garcia
  • Aaron Gold
  • Mark Healey
  • Mason Ho
  • Bruce Irons
  • Billy Kemper
  • Keala Kennelly
  • Ekeziel Lau
  • Kai Lenny
  • Greg Long
  • Keali‘i Mamala
  • Garrett McNamara
  • Jamie Mitchell
  • Jamie O’Brien
  • Joel Parkinson
  • Makuakai Rothman
  • Koa Rothman
  • Kelly Slater
  • Takayuki Wakita
  • Ian Walsh
  • Dave Wassel

Alternates

  1. Kyle Shipman
  2. Michael Ho
  3. Landon McNamara
  4. Luke Shepardson
  5. Ramon Navarro
  6. Reef McIntosh
  7. Kohl Christensen
  8. Chris Owens
  9. Tyler Laron
  10. Ben Wilkinson
  11. Kala Alexander
  12. Rodrigo Koxa
  13. Tom Carroll
  14. Paige Alms (for Keala Kennelly)
  15. Mark Mathew
  16. Jamie Sterling
  17. Shawn Dollar
  18. Carlos Burle
  19. Gabriel Villaran
  20. Kahea Hart
  21. Damien Hobgood
  22. Kalani Chapman
  23. Ryan Hipwood
  24. Danny Fuller
  25. Nic Lamb
  26. Anthony Tashnick
  27. Rusty Long
  28. Derek Dunfee
  29. Jeremy Flores
  30. Noah Johnson
  31. Peter Mel
  32. Andrew Cotton
  33. Duane DeSoto
  34. Kainoa McGee
  35. Ikaika Kalama
  36. Tyler Fox
  37. Brad Gerlach
  38. Vincent Lartizen
  39. Mike Parsons
  40. Axi Muniain
  41. Benjamin Sanchis
  42. Damien Warr
  43. Sebastian Steudtner
  44. Eric Akiskalian
  45. Dan Corbett
  46. Francisco Porcella
  47. Antonio Silva
  48. Gautier Garanx
  49. Antonio Balau
  50. Mick Corbett
  51. Jarryd Foster
  52. Lance Hoʻokano
  53. Rusty Keaulana
  54. Hugo Vau
  55. Pedro Scooby
  56. Yuri Soledade
  57. Trevor Sven Carlson

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