Eddie Aikau documentary wins Emmy Award

A documentary film on a legendary surfer has been recognized with one of the most prestigious awards in Hollywood.

ESPN’s “30 for 30” documentary, “Hawaiian: The Legend of Eddie Aikau” has been awarded an Emmy for Best Sports Documentary Series during the 35th Annual Emmy Awards.

As one of the few surf-related films to ever win an Emmy, the documentary brings mainstream exposure to an iconic surf figure and an important piece of Quiksilver’s heritage.

The documentary stood alongside the legendary sporting stories of Bo Jackson, Sugar Ray Leonard, Nancy Kerrigan, and Dan Marino in ESPN Films “30 For 30” series, and was viewed in millions of homes around America.

The film chronicles the remarkable life and power of Eddie Aikau, the legendary Hawaiian big-wave surfer, pioneering lifeguard and, ultimately, doomed crew member of the Polynesian voyaging canoe Hokule’a. The film richly combines archival imagery, contemporary interviews and meticulously researched historical source material.

Quiksilver played an integral role in the production of this film, having served for 30 years as a host sponsor of the Memory of Eddie Aikau Big Wave Surfing Invitational held at Waimea Bay, Hawaii.

Over that time, Quiksilver formed a strong partnership and friendship with the Aikau Family, enabling it to provide archival access and relationships to many of the individuals that are central to the story and the documentary’s success.

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