The unique format consists of a seven-man matchup where the final score is comprised of their top four rides of the day (waves are judged on a 1-100 scale). With a 28-man field, the best big-wave surfers in the world and endless big waves on tap, this was one of the most competitive Eddie Aikau events in history, and thousands of spectators came out to witness history in the making.
“I don’t even know what to say I’m so full of adrenaline right now,” said Florence. “It’s one of the most special moments of my life.”
“The Eddie” honors the late Eddie Aikau, a former Hawaiian lifeguard and big-wave surfer who disappeared in 1978 at sea while attempting to save fellow crew members of a stricken vessel.