This is THE Big Wave surfing contest. The waves must be 20 feet high or bigger for them to even consider holding the event. The last time it was held was in 2004. It's pretty much a once or twice a decade event when the ocean conditions are good enough to hold this event.
The reason why I titled this post: Eddie Would Go is because that is a phrase that has become a popular bumpersticker and saying here in Hawaiian which refers to Eddie Aikau, a renowned waterman and lifeguard. He rescued innumerable swimmers from drowning in Hawaii's waters as a lifeguard, and actually gave his life trying to swim for help as a crew member of the voyaging canoe Hokule'a that was capsized when they were caught in a severe storm. While he's venerated and honored for his lifeguard heroism and self sacrifice, the event for big wave surfing held is held in his honor because he was one of the pioneers in the sport of big wave riding. You can read more about this great Hawaiian Waterman here.
Anyhow, while I was watching the TV news reporters go on and on about the event and it's history as well as discussing the man for whom the event is held to honor, there was one thing I couldn't help but notice:
In our world of Gender Equality...there were no women surfer's who are official invites for the contest.
Is this Sexism in surfing?
C'mon ladies...why don't you load up your boards and paddle out and show us how you can do anything a man can do...