Eddie Aikau....."Eddie would go"

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Quiksilver Men's Eddie Tribe T-Shirt, Athletic Heather, Medium

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  • 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

  • Eddie Would Go
    Stuart Holmes Coleman
    No preview available - 2004

    In the 1980s, and with the phrase "Eddie Would Go" spread around the Hawaiian Islands and to the rest of the world. According to maritime historian Mac Simpson, "Aikau was a legend on the North Shore, pulling people out of waves that no one else would dare to. That's where the saying came from -- Eddie would go, when no one else would or could. Only Eddie dared." The phrase originated during the first Eddie contest. The waves were huge and the conditions were extremely dangerous. While the contest organizers were discussing whether to put it on, looked at the conditions and said "Eddie would go." The phrase stuck and the Eddie went.

Eddie Would Go: The Story of Eddie Aikau - YouTube

The Eddie Would Go hat from Quiksilver is a tribute to Eddie Aikau. This is a trucker style hat featuring the Quiksilver logo and "Eddie Would Go" embroidered on the front. It also has a Quiksilver logo on the back. 78% polyester / 17% cotton / 5% spandex. Adjustable fit.