While Marvin spent the first day of 2012 just a few clouds away from Heaven, I decided to spend it at arguably the most famous surfing beach in the world, Waimea Bay. Located in Haleiwa on the North Shore of Oahu, Waimea Bay is known as a world class surfing spot and the backdrop for the Quiksilver in Memory of Eddie Aikau, or, as it is affectionately know, The Eddie. The Eddie is currently being held this year, waves cooperating, until February 29, 2011 (the event started on December 1, 2011).
Eddie Aikau was a well-known surfer and lifeguard from Kahului, Hawaii. He is remembered for his courageousness as a crew member of the Hokule’a, a double-hulled replica of a Hawaiian voyaging canoe. In 1978, the Hokule’a set out on a 30 day voyage to follow an ancient Polynesian route of migration. Approximately 12 miles form Molokai, the Hokule’a capsized. Eddie Aikau took it upon himself to paddle on his surfboard to neighboring Lanai. He was never seen again. It is because of this selfless act that many locals feature a bumper sticker on their vehicles reading “EDDIE WOULD GO.” Waimea Bay was chosen as the spot for The Eddie because it had been the beach where Aikau had worked as a lifeguard. Not a single life was lost during Aikau’s tenure as a lifeguard at Waimea Bay.
With The Eddie on my mind and the spirit of Eddie Aikau in the air, I found a warm solace in taking in the first day of the New Year at Waimea Bay. With two of my closest friends by my side, a bag of Cheddar Jalapeno Cheetos, and a cooler stocked with ice cold drinks, we watched as the sun set over the Waianae Mountain Range. I’m a sucker for sunsets. We only experience a finite amount of sunsets during out lifetime, most of which we do not even see. This sunset was an important one. This sunset marked, in many ways, the major changes that will take place in my life in 2012. The sunset was spectacular, let’s hope the new year will be as well.
Explorers: Coty Gonzales, Joel Sabugo, Ryan Salvador.