PHOTOS: Monster surf continues on Oahu’s North Shore. Aikau contest crowns a winner.by: Chris Bailey and Derek Paiva
posted: Wed Dec 09, 2009 at 04:33 PM
Slater, who resides in Hawaii and Florida, kept well ahead of the competition for much of the day. A 98 out of a 100 score for one ride during morning first-round competition sealed Slater’s lead until the afternoon. But larger afternoon sets gave Greg Long just what he needed for a come-from-behind win—all four of his top scores, including a ride on an amazing 40- to 50-foot swell that won him a perfect 100 point score.
Long, who had only surfed Waimea Bay for the first time this week, won his first-ever Aikau contest with 323 total points, besting 2002 Aikau contest champion Slater’s 313. Hawaii pro surfer Sunny Garcia took third place with 292 total points. (More winners and scores are listed at the Quiksilver In Memory of Eddie Aikau official Web site.)
The one-day Eddie Aikau contest may be over, but the big waves on Oahu's North Shore are not. The National Weather Service expects wave heights to reach 25 to 35 feet today, before gradually dropping to the 10 to15 foot range by the weekend.
Postponed yesterday due to the too-large wave conditions, the Billabong Pipeline Masters at Banzai Pipeline—the third jewel of the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing men’s competition—is expected to begin today. The Triple Crown’s final women’s event, the Billabong Pro Maui, began as scheduled yesterday at Maui’s Honolua Bay.
Want more photos of yesterday's Quiksilver In Memory of Eddie Aikau big wave contest?
Talented and ever-intrepid HAWAII Magazine photographer David Croxford shot the fantastic page one photo of Greg Long on the wave that gave the contest winner his perfect 100 ride. Below, we present a slideshow of even more photos David shot for us at yesterday's Eddie Aikau contest.
(Click on the frame for larger image.)
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