Crazy week at work and I didn't do much worth reporting on (ok, TQ and I did make it to a fun slideshow presentation about a boat trip on a section of the Peruvian Amazon that Old Salt Blogger Rick Spilman took with his lovely wife Karen and his lovely and adventurous mom, another excellent talk, thanks Rick!) but I did enjoy a very special online treat on Thursday, when the waves in Waimea Bay were not too big, not too small, but juuuust right for the Quiksilver In Memory of Eddie Aikau big-wave surfing invitational to GO!
I couldn't watch much but I did indulge myself during a busy day with an occasional break to watch the live stream at worldsurfleague.com. So amazing being able to watch even a little bit live from my desk in Manhattan!
And here's more of that wild jetski stampede that was briefly shown on the highlight reel! (sorry non-Facebookers, cannot find the video itself anywhere outside of FB), Now, I know we kayakers tend to dislike jetskis, but these guys? Wow. These are the lifeguards and safety staff for the event, and it's amazing what they do out there. And that is a MONSTER wave. Nothing but respect!
Snippets of that same video plus iinterviews with the riders here.
Special mahalo to Terry Marie at Hawaiian Ocean Adventures for posting the first thing I saw on FB about the Eddie being on! I think she'd posted it was looking good the night before and I saw that early on in the day here in NYC.