The motto "Eddie Would Go," immortalized on posters, bumper stickers and T-shirts, was originally coined at one of the Quicksilver competitions, referring to the bravery need to go into huge surf.
The film, directed by Sam George and produced by TAUBLIEB Films and Paul Taublieb, uses interviews, dynamic historic footage and re-enactments to chronicle the heroic life and mysterious disappearance of the pioneering lifeguard, big-wave surfer and iconic waterman behind the phrase "Eddie Would Go." The production is part of ESPN's acclaimed "30 for 30" series, a collection of 30 documentaries in honor of the network's 30th anniversary.
One year, when the waves met the height requirement but appeared too dangerous to surf, organizers considered calling it off. Mark Foo turned to a cameraman who was capturing the surf check and said the now-revered slogan: “Eddie would go.” And they did.
Born on the island of Maui, Aikau later moved to O'ahu with his family in 1959. In 1968, he became the first lifeguard hired by the City & County of Honolulu to work on the North Shore. Not one life was lost while he served as lifeguard at Waimea Bay. Eddie braved surf that often reached 20 feet high or more to make a rescue. He became very famous for surfing the bigHawaiian surf and won several surfing awards including First Place at the prestigious 1977 Duke Kahanamoku Invitational Surfing Championship. The local saying, "Eddie Would Go," refers to his stoke to take on big waves that other surfers would shy away from and his courage to make a rescue in impossible situations.
Eddie Would Go: The Story of Eddie Aikau, Hawaiian Hero and Pioneer of Big ...
Stuart Holmes Coleman
Limited preview - 2004