I spent the better part of the afternoon yesterday watching the Eddie Aikau Big Surf Invitational. It is held at Waimea Beach on the island of Oahu, only when the waves are over 20 feet. The waves must be consistently big.. all day. This makes the timing of the event sporadic and spontaneous. It is also why it has only been held eight times in the last twenty five years. The last time being in 2004. Yesterday was beautiful. The sun was out. There was a crowd of 30,000..and if you’ve ever been to Waimea, that is an insane amount of people. But the crowd was transfixed..the waves were huge..the surfers…warriors. Several of them had won the event in the past, including Clyde Aikau, Eddie’s brother, who is sixty years old.