“Small Steps.. but Finally in the Right Direction”: Stark Reality of Biggest Surfing Event Energizes Everyone With Hope

Published 01/23/2023, 2:15 PM EST

Whether it is the Vans surfing contest or the Billabong Pipeline Pro, the surfing universe invites everyone to the oceanic arena. However, these competitions have two basic divisions – the men’s category and the women’s category. Well, that’s about to change now. The world’s most prestigious surfing event, the Eddie, has returned with an incredible theme. This year, the Eddie Aikau Big Wave event invited women surfers to compete alongside the men. Moreover, fans commended the organizers for bringing forth a unique idea.

Recently, NBC shared the news of the Hawaiian event with the surfing fraternity through its social media handle. Fans and surfing enthusiasts flocked to the comment section to express their delight. 

Fans appreciated the Eddie’s new theme


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The Eddie is a one-day contest that is organized every year in Waimea Bay on Oahu’s north shore. The tournament was first piloted in the year 1984 and has been running for the last 39 years successfully. This year, the event took all the plaudits for shaking things up

NBC shared the news of the Eddie’s unique theme on their Facebook handle, writing, “This year, female surfers will be competing alongside the men for the first time in the 39-year history of The Eddie Aikau Big Wave Invitational”.

Praising the idea, fans brimmed the comment section. They wrote:

Small steps..but finally in the right direction

Super interesting!! We will totally be routing these gals on!!”

Amazing! Can’t wait!”

Eddie would go!!!! Chee hooo!!”

Moreover, some fans were intrigued by why it took so long for Aikau to come up with such an interesting theme.

How is these only happening now in 2023??”


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Why tf did it take that long

It took 39 years!?!?!”


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Clearly, fans were rather excited about the contest. On Sunday, Honolulu-based lifeguard, Luke Shaphardson won ‘the Eddie’ title for the year 2023 by knocking down the defending champion, John John Florence. However, Florence claimed the 2nd position while Point Break actor, Mark Healey took home the 2nd runner-up trophy. Have you watched the highlights of the events yet? If yes then share your thoughts in the comment section below.

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Purva Jain

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Purva Jain is a US Sports author for EssentiallySports. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and Engineering from Mody University of Science and Technology. Purva is an avid reader and author of 3 books that are published in national and international marketplaces.

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