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Facts About the Eddie Aikau Big Wave Invitational

The full name of the event is the "Quicksilver, Big Wave Invitational in Memory of Eddie Aikau".


    -The event can only take place on a day on which the open ocean swells are at least 20 feet high. This translates to a wave face height of more then 30 feet.



-When the face hight of a wave is 30 feet, the depth of the water under the wave is typically approximately 25 feet.


-The competition does not take place every year, because it can only be held when the waves are sufficiently high. 2006, in the previous 21 years, the competition had only been held 7 times. The last competition took place in 2004.


-The event is strictly invitational and every year 24 surfers are invited to compete. Those surfers are only given 24 hours to arrive on the North Shore of Oahu. As of 2006, 168 surfers had participated in the event.


-In 2006 the prize money set aside for the first place finisher was $55,000.


-Since the first competition in 1958, one person has been responsible for predicting when the first competition will take place: George Downing.

See also:
- More About the Big Wave Invitational
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