Eddie Aikau was a iconic Hawaiian surfer as well known for his ability on enormous waves as he was as a lifeguard who spared several lives from the risky surf of Oahu’s north shore.
In any case, it’s for his final rescue attempt that he’s darling in the Hawaiian community. To honor the unbelievable surfer and lifeguard, Google dedicated an animated Doodle to Aikau on what might have been his 73rd birthday.
For nearly insofar as Google has been near, it’s livened up its barebones search page with work of art that attracts consideration regarding eminent individuals, occasions, holidays and anniversaries. Google Doodles have celebrated, among numerous different things, Pac-Man’s anniversary, Copernicus’ birthday, Mother’s Day and the World Cup, just as helping us to remember lesser-known genuine world heroes.
Aikau was one of those genuine world heroes.
Conceived in Maui on May 4, 1946, Aikau was a relative of the esteemed minister to King Kamehameha I. After his family moved to Oahu, he dropped out of school at 16 years old to take a job at the Dole pineapple cannery; his check enabled him to purchase his first surfboard.
In 1967, Aikau was contracted as the main lifeguard at Waimea Bay on Oahu’s north shore, where waves as often as possible achieve 30 feet or higher. He’s credited with sparing in excess of 500 individuals amid his concise career, never losing a spirit on his watch.
Aikau likewise made his imprint as a major wave surfer, riding each significant swell to hit the north shore somewhere in the range of 1967 and 1978.
“Eddie was a pretty quiet guy, but when there was a challenge, or some risk to be taken, or a game to be played that everybody wanted to win, Eddie seemed to rise to the top,” his younger brother Clyde said in a profile published by surfboard maker Quiksilver. “He was high risk at an early age.”
In expert surfing, Aikau achieved a position of twelfth best on the world and won a few surfing awards, including the 1977 Duke Kahanamoku Invitational Surfing Championship.
In 1978, he was picked to join the group of a cultural expedition among Hawaii and Tahiti on the Polynesian voyaging kayak Hokulea. Amid the 30-day, 2,500-mile voyage, the double-hulled kayak built up a release and inverted around 12 miles south of the island of Molokai.
With an end goal to get help for the group, Aikua paddled off on his surfboard toward the island of Lanai. The group was inevitably safeguarded by the US Coast Guard, yet Aikau was gone forever.
In 1985, a major wave surfing competition called Quiksilver Big Wave Invitational in Memory of Eddie Aikau, otherwise known as The Eddie, was built up at Waimea Bay to respect Aikau’s heritage. Before the competition can be held, the tournament’s rules require open-ocean swells must be at least 20 feet high, which generally generates wave faces in the bay of about 30 feet.
As a result, the tournament has been held only nine times, most recently in 2016.