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Big occasion for surfers in Hawaii

Surfers catch a massive wave, at Waimea Bay on Thursday, Jan. 20, 2011 on Oahu, Hawaii North Shore. Organizers of the big wave surfing contest known as
Surfers catch a massive wave, at Waimea Bay on Thursday, Jan. 20, 2011 on Oahu, Hawaii North Shore. Organizers of the big wave surfing contest known as "The Eddie" say Waimea Bay's aren't consistently large enough to hold the event. The contest in memory of legendary Hawaiian surfer Eddie Aikau is only held when waves are at least 20 feet. It's only been put on eight times since it was founded in 1984. (Jamm Aquino / Honolulu Star-Advertiser)

WATER SPORTS — The waves are rising to the occasion of an almost-annual event in Hawaii.

Surfers are catching massive waves this week on Oahu's North Shore. Organizers of the big wave surfing contest known as “The Eddie” say Waimea Bay's waves aren't consistently large enough to hold the event. But this year it's a go, and too timing if there there even just as a spectator.

The contest in memory of legendary Hawaiian surfer Eddie Aikau is held only when waves are at least 20 feet. 

The event has been held only eight times since it was founded in 1984.




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