Go Back   Steve's Digicams Forums > Post Your Photos > Biweekly Shoot Out

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old Dec 9, 2009, 1:15 AM   #1
Moderator
 
selvin's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2002
Posts: 7,204
Default Holiday Activities: The Eddie Aikau

This may or may not pass muster with Cal but here goes.
For the first time since 2004 the Eddie Aikau Surf Contest was held on Oahu's North Shore at Wamea Beach. This was like a holiday in Hawaii. Met a few people who simply took the day off from work to see the big waves 40+ feet and even more dramatic the surfers who challenge them.
The Eddie is held only when waves consistently top 20+ feet and have the right shape for the big name surfers from all over the world. Contestants are by special invitation only. Thousands flock to see the event with cars backed up for miles. I walked three miles from my parking spot.
Here's a sample of the crowd atop one lookout and a glimpse of the huge crowd on the beach. as you can imagine the beach is closed and only the invitees are allowed to surf.


Take a look at the surfers in the next two shots. (Sorry I exceeded my limit on this one.)


and the final scene.

selvin is offline   Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Old Dec 9, 2009, 6:33 AM   #2
Senior Member
 
Bynx's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Posts: 8,584
Default

Like Oliver Twist once said....I'd like some more please!
Bynx is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Dec 9, 2009, 7:55 AM   #3
Member
 
johnnymisadventures's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Posts: 58
Default

wow, I would not want to be the surfer on the right of the last photo. He is not in a good spot. Did he surf it out or did he get trashed? Amazing photos. It really captures the size of the waves.
johnnymisadventures is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Dec 9, 2009, 10:28 AM   #4
Senior Member
 
Walter C's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: Huntington Beach, CA USA
Posts: 7,739
Default

Isn't every day a holiday in Hawaii? I can see why the crowds have gathered with the size of those waves. I guess my home town will have to change its title to "Surf City (Continental) USA". Our surfers are happy when they get six-footers. Thanks for sharing those, Selvin.
Walter C is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Dec 9, 2009, 5:31 PM   #5
Senior Member
 
Ordo's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: BsAs
Posts: 3,452
Default

What a hell of waves. Good picks! The last one rocks.
Ordo is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Dec 10, 2009, 6:00 AM   #6
Moderator
 
selvin's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2002
Posts: 7,204
Default

Folks,
Thanks for the kind comments. Despite the pain and agony getting there it was worth seeing this rare contest.

You may see other pics surf pictures from this contest at:

www.pbase.com/selvin/eddie

Enjoy
selvin is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Dec 10, 2009, 6:19 AM   #7
Senior Member
 
stockdogtta's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Greenfield, IL
Posts: 254
Default

The local news had a short piece on this.....sure bet it is something to watch.

Dennis
__________________
Dennis
stockdogtta is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Dec 10, 2009, 8:30 AM   #8
Senior Member
 
Mugmar's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Posts: 3,152
Default

Wow those are some huge waves. The surfers look like little ants! Great captures of a rare event
Mugmar is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Dec 10, 2009, 9:35 PM   #9
Senior Member
 
SharpShotGal's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Kitsap Penninsula, Washington State
Posts: 1,217
Default

Wow I have not seen as many great shots of warmth in years I could sure use some of that nice weather right now with all this back pain I have nerve damage and its like living in a freezer right now my fingers feel like ice even in a room set a 70 degrees.
SharpShotGal is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Dec 11, 2009, 3:05 PM   #10
Moderator
 
selvin's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2002
Posts: 7,204
Default

Dennis, Mugmar, Sharpshot,
Thanks. It was a once in a lifetime opporunity.

Sharpshot, I just met a pair of tourists from Washington State who were sightseeing in downtown Honolulu and they said they got here from 15 degree weather. Honolulu's 80 degrees was a blessing. Now I know why I decided not to live in Chicago.
Aloha
selvin is offline   Reply With Quote
 
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off



All times are GMT -5. The time now is 12:50 PM.