No Eddie Aikau surf contest despite upcoming swell

“The Eddie” is a no-go this week.

Organizers have decided not to run the Quiksilver in Memory of Eddie Aikau despite forecasts of a swell scheduled to hit Oahu’s North Shore on Wednesday.

They said conditions were inconsistent and lacked the minimum 40-foot wave face heights required for a full eight-hour day of competition.

“After assessing all available forecast sources, we are not seeing sufficient energy to run the event this week,” said event director Glen Moncata. “What we are seeing simply does not meet the criteria. Yes, there will be some waves of that height in the latter half of the day, but not a full day of consistent surf. We will wait.”

The limiting factor appears to be a strong westerly component which results in Kauai island producing a shadowing effect for Oahu’s North Shore, reducing the size and consistency of the swell that will impact Waimea Bay, organizers said.

The Quiksilver in Memory of Eddie Aikau is a World-Surf-League-sanctioned specialty event and celebrates its 30th anniversary this winter.

The holding period began on Dec. 1, 2014, and runs through Feb. 28, 2015. Organizers will continue to assess winter swell episodes as they develop throughout the period.

The last time this one-day event was held was Dec. 8, 2009.

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