Despite money not being a motivational factor to surfers hoping to compete in the Eddie Aikau Big Wave Invitational, a total of $45,500 in prize money was distributed following Sunday’s event.
Luke Shephardson, the winner of The Eddie on Sunday, won $10,000 in prize money as well as 350,000 Hawaiian miles, though it is likely he will now go on to earn more money in endorsements.
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John John Florence, the winner of the event in 2016 and Sunday’s runner-up, earned $8,000. Prize money for The Eddie varies every event, as Florence won $75,000 in 2016.
The rest of Sunday’s prize payouts are below:
Mark Healey, third place: $5,000
Billy Kemper, fourth place: $3,000
Kai Lenny, fifth place: $1,000 and 150,000 Hawaiian miles
Zeke Lau, sixth place: $1,000 and 250,000 Hawaiian miles for winning Best Wave of the Day
Landon McNamara, seventh place: $1,000
Keali’i Malama, eighth place: $1,000
The rest of the field, which placed from ninth to 40th, earned $500 each.