While the weather news back home is about snow, the news in Hawaii is about big ocean swells caused by winter storms in the North Atlantic. Between December 1 and the last day in February, the storms create swells which translates into large waves on Hawaii's North Shore which translates to "Surf's Up" to the local surfers.
If the swells get large enough and the conditions are just right, a surfing competition is held in Wiamea Bay. This competition is the Quicksilver Big Wave Invitational known as "The Eddie." The competition is in memory of Eddie Aikau, the first lifeguard at Wiamea Bay and also a legend at surfing the big waves. Check out the Wikipedia entry about Eddie Aikau and the Quicksilver completion on links at the end of this post.
Monday 2/22/2016 we traveled to Oahu's North Shore to check out the surf. At Wiamea Bay the surf was crashing into the shore. No one was allowed to surf as the conditions were just too dangerous.
As I write this blog post, The Eddie has the green light pending the official determination at 8 am. The forecast is for waves of 35-55 feet! People are already camping out hoping to see some big waves and great competition.