In big waves the current trend is away from towsurfing and toward catching waves unassisted on ten foot+ boards. The individual challenge of paddle surfing may be greater but collective progress is almost non-existent. In this article, blindboy argues that towsurfing is the only means forward if surfers are to keep pushing the outside of the envelope.
It's only run eight times in its thirty year history, the last time in December 2009. Here are the images from the last time Eddie went.
Compared to the large swell that hit Hawaii mid-December, which developed just west of the international date-line and fell short of Eddie requirements, this next swell will be far larger and more consistent due to the closer proximity to Oahu
"The size will definitely be there - approximately 40-foot wave face heights - but strong, adverse winds out of the WSW are a major limiting factor," said event organizer Glen Moncata, citing recently issued weather and ocean reports.
In the promotion of surf books, four is not a bad crowd at all, as long as three of them aren’t immediate family. As a general rule of thumb, half the people who turn up at a book promotion will buy the book, particularly if there’s a lot of free beer being provided.