UPDATE: The event was just called off =(

"THE EDDIE WILL GO WEDNESDAY 1/11/2023" - The Eddie Aikau Big Wave Invitational (website).

Storm Surf website is calling on January 11th the winds will be NNE 15+ with the swell building to 12.5ft 17-18 seconds  mid-day and on Thursday the 12th swell is down some with East wind at 10+ buoy fading to 10.6ft at 15 seconds early. Quiksilver is no longer involved in this event and the new sponsors include Hawaiian Airlines, Khon2, Kona Brewing, Waimea Valley, Strafford Media, Salt + Air Studios, Polynesian Adventure, Surfline and Peter David Photography.

Here are my top 5 surfers that I think will have a good chance at winning and or making it to the final

Grant Baker

Greg Long

Peter Mel

Kelly Slater

Shane Dorian

Surf forecast by Magicseaweed

Waimea Bay - Single Session with Ivan, John John and Jack Robinson. Produced by Parallel Sea Filmed by Reagan Ritchie

 Eddie Swell en Route to Hawaii by Matt Kibby / Surfline on Jan 10

January 09, 2023 — Jack English