James, over at Newton Area Photo
hosts a fun meme called Weekend Reflections.
Grab a camera and play along.
And even if you don’t join us,
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I took this photo at Waimea Beach the day before the Eddie Aikau Big Wave Invitational. The Quiksilver in Memory of Eddie Aikua Competition is held only when waves top 20 feet in Waimea Bay. This past Tuesday was only the 8th time the contest has been offered since the first one in 1984.
Eddie Aikau was one of Hawaii’s best surfers, swimmers, life guards and citizens. He was lost at sea in March of 1978 when the double-hulled voyaging canoe on which he was a crew member began sinking. Eddie left the boat to paddle to Lanai for help. The other crew members were later rescued by the Coast Guard. Eddie Aikau never made it to the island of Lanai and his body was never recovered.
(I have deliberately been very brief with Eddie’s Biography. Look it up and read it for yourself. It’s worth the time & effort.)