What occurred on January 22, 2023, at Waimea Bay on the North Shore of Oahu is nothing short of historical. We’re simply doing our best to document Hawaiian Surf History here.
Hands down, the most epic surf event in recent memory and other surf photographers, some of whom have been filming these events for a long time, agreed and said similar things. What a coincidence that exactly one year after 2022’s (Jan 22, 2022) biggest and most epic Waimea Bay Surf day, we have another epic day, just bigger, sunnier, more exciting, and better in every way!
Eddie Aikau was a Hawaiian lifeguard and surfer. As the first lifeguard at Waimea Bay on the island of Oahu, he saved over 500 people and became famous for surfing the big Hawaiian surf, winning several awards. In 1978, He sacrificed his life trying to help the crew aboard the voyaging canoe Hōkūleʻa. In Eddie Aikau’s honor, “The Eddie Aikau Big Wave Invitational” Waimea Bay Big Wave Surf Contest was held on Jan 22, 2023 for the first time since February 25, 2016.
Also, reported by Derek Rielly from Beach Grit about Luke Shepardson winning the contest:
HONOLULU COUNTY LIFEGUARD LUKE SHEPARDSON WHO WON WORLD’S MOST PRESTIGIOUS BIG-WAVE CONTEST ON “BEST DAY IN SURFING HISTORY” CUTS SHORT INTERVIEWS TO RETURN TO WORK, “I GOTTA GET BACK TO THE TOWER TO MAKE SURE EVERYBODY IS OKAY!”
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To watch similar videos check out our 2022 North Shore Drone Playlist:
and Our Waimea video from last year (January 22, 2022)