Watch: The legend of Eddie Aikau

Stu Nettle
Swellnet Dispatch

Recently, NITV ran a documentary on Eddie Aikau and it's now streaming on SBS On Demand.

Many people, younger surfers in particular, will only know the sanitised, Quik-friendly version of Eddie's story, so if you're curious about who Eddie was and why he was so revered, click to SBS, park up, and press play.

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blower Sunday, 11 Apr 2021 at 8:20am

Apt timing as usual NITV / SBS. Great to see in this time of understanding and recognition.
Eddie was more than a surfer/lifeguard, a true cultural icon for his family and all Hawaii.
Another in the long line of indigenous annexations by a supposed caring overlord.
Please wake up and educate yourselves as to some of the disgraceful adoptions of local lands
in the name of progress... look in our own backyard.

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blower Sunday, 11 Apr 2021 at 8:23am

Check out
https://youtu.be/NqcFg4z6EYY
for a bit of a light hearted look from another view....

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MartinNow Sunday, 11 Apr 2021 at 10:00am

Spot on blower. I first saw Barbekueria as part of my cultural heritage awareness training in the late 80's. It is light hearted but a very poignant and still relevant comment on society in Aus.

I have been to Hawaii once and what I saw and experienced made me do a little research about Hawaii's history. The effects of dispossession upon the indigenous people's of both lands have strong parallels.

Keep Going Eddie.

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marcus Monday, 12 Apr 2021 at 11:14am

this is great cheers

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H2O Sunday, 11 Apr 2021 at 4:26pm

Thanks Swellnet . Great doco.

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Tim Fisher Sunday, 11 Apr 2021 at 7:49pm

Stu do you know if it's the doc espn made as part of their 30 for 30 series a few years back, or is it a newer production?

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udo Sunday, 11 Apr 2021 at 7:56pm

Yes ESPN.

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D-Rex Sunday, 11 Apr 2021 at 8:39pm

Watched it last week. Very sad - as Coast Guard says 'in an emergency stay with your boat'.

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radiationrules Tuesday, 13 Apr 2021 at 9:33am

..can't help but think of that wave at Waimea that Clyde Aikau caught on the Chuck Anders' pale blue SB at the last Eddie..I think he was 66?..a contemporary of rabbit, kanga etc ..very inspirational...go Aikau family.. nice turn of phrase at end of doco, I think by Sam George.."Eddie's still paddling and all of Hawaii are behind him".(or words to that effect)..

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Trentslatterphoto Tuesday, 13 Apr 2021 at 9:53am

NITV rocked this was so amped it was on free to air.

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GreenJam Tuesday, 13 Apr 2021 at 1:14pm

yeah, this is really good. I saw it on a Qantas flight from Cairns to Bris about 6 years ago. Bonus good ending to a long work trip.

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san Guine Wednesday, 14 Apr 2021 at 5:46pm

I hadn't known much of Eddie Aikaus' backstory, until I watched this doco.
A true waterman and graceful surfer. Great surfing footage too.

However, I found Sam Georges' telling of this fascinating story, a bit syrupy