El Nino confirmed: Quiksilver Eddie Aikau memorial going down right now in Waimea Bay

Posted By: The Ski Channel on December 8, 2009 9:24 am

Well it’s finally happened. El Nino is officially here. For those who were still doubting the existence of this glorious weather pattern, look no further for proof then Waimea Bay, Hawaii right now. The legendary big-wave surfing event known as “Quiksilver In Memory of Eddie Aikau” is currently going down at the famous surf spot.

However, unlike traditional surf events such as the US Open of Surfing, The Eddie only happens when waves are sizable enough to warrant the event. In other words, the waves are ridiculous monsters. 30 to 40-foot tall monsters, to be exact. 

When was the last time The Eddie memorial went down? Oh just during 2004-2005 season – not coincidently the last time “the child” graced us with its presence.

Now what does this mean for the snow sports community? Well if you hadn’t been paying attention to the massive storms hitting the Sierras, along with another one on the way later this week, wake up and realize El Nino is here to stay. Sure it brings a whole lot of crappy stuff along with it such as floods and mudslides, but for now, let’s all just enjoy the resulting snow and large swells.

For all the latest action from The Eddie, head on over to the Quiksiver In Memory of Eddie Aikau event website for live streaming video.