Saturday, December 4, 2010

The Eddie Aikau opening ceremony

I could show a few surf shots from yesterday but it wasn't about the surf. Yesterday was about Eddie Aikau and the opening ceremony, the surfers, friends and family of Eddie's. It was quite moving when Clyde got up and spoke some words true to his heart. Everyone stood in silence as all listened on. Then a final prayer followed by the traditional cheer by all. When all this is going on you forget that the likes of Ross Clarke-Jones who has been to every event bar 1, Tom Carroll, Sunny, Twiggy, last years winner Greg Long and Clyde are all in front of you. The reason they are here because they're the best of the best at true big wave surfing and deserve to be there, they too are humbled and moved by it all. When the cameras were allowed in it did go a bit apeshit but only for a few minutes until they all went out into Wiamea Bay sitting in a circle a couple of hundred yards off the beach holding each others hands for the final respects to Eddie.
  Once back in on the beach the music kicked off and food put on for everyone. The cameras went away and everyone respected everyone. It was a surreal experience and will never be forgotton.

Clyde Aikau

Ros Clarke-Jones

Tom Carroll

Shane Dorian

Kelly Slater

Nathan Fletcher

Treehouse view

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