So it’s been a little while since I’ve blogged and surely not because I’ve had a lack of things to talk about, but because I’ve been consumed with all the things I could have been blogging about!
So as I’m back in the swing, the highlight of the last few months is definitely yesterday. The Eddie!
The most infamous big wave competition in all the land. What an amazing day watching the Eddie Would Go Competition!
There were so many highlights it’s hard to name them all but getting to see John John Florence make history as the youngest winner ever, watching Kelly Slater charge, an epic collision between Makua Rothman and Kala Alexander and the most notable of all, Clyde Aikau, brother of Eddie Aikau, at 66 years old, charging a bomb wave on the biggest swell the competition has ever hosted. Just incredible to see Clyde take that drop and such an inspiration! Gives me hope that I can continue to surf and improve as a surfer into my 60’s and even 70’s!
With over 10,000 people in attendance, it was tough to find a good place to watch the event so we ended up building sand mounds on the beach with leaves and twigs for re-enforcement so we could give ourselves height above the crowds. There were people everywhere: on the guardrails, sand, in even in the trees! Totally insane but so awesome to see how stoked everyone was for the event. Aside from surfing, I’m not much of a pro sports fan so I nearly forgot what it was like to hear an entire crowd gasp and cheer when one of the competitors landed it or ate it.
Super grateful to live in such a magical town where I can ride my bike from my house at Sunset Beach and cruise to Waimea Bay to watch the superbowl of surfing and along the way see so many of my friends and neighbors. I love the North Shore and the sense of community, especially when a historic event like the Eddie goes off! Staying stoked!