Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Wild World of Wednesday With Big Waves

The waves have to be over 20 feet for the Eddie Aikau big wave event to run at Waimea Bay. In the last 25 years the event has only been held 8 times, including this week where monster sets pounded the coast.

I watched some of the live webcast and was completely captivated. Talk about huge waves. Anything over about 8 feet and I'm not in the water. Even then they have to have a nice shape and long periods between sets or I'll get worn out. After watching some of the event yesterday I wished I could have just 25% of the talent in the water that these competitors have!

Kelly Slater took an early lead, scoring a 98 on one wave but it was not to be. San Clemente surfer Greg Long came from behind to win - by 10 points! Congrats Greg!


Mike said...

Even out here on the East Coast, we saw TV footage of those waves. I wondered how long it would be before you mentioned them!

I am a bit surprised that you didn't at least make a trip out to see them firsthand...

Apryl DeLancey said...

Back in the day a friend and I used to get to Oahu in December for all the events. I miss those days!