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Meet The Man Who Made Big Wave Surfing What It Is Today

For an even more dramatized look into Eddie’s life, watch this 2:30 video:

In Hawaii there is a saying when it comes to courage in the face of adversity and it resounds to this day, “Eddie Would Go.”There are so many times in life where we shy away from adversity. Imagine swimming into it head-on. Eddie did this daily… Barry Kanaiaupuni, a friend of Aikau who is also considered a legendary Hawaiian surfer, said this of Eddie:

 “Eddie was a really really warm hearted person. Really big heart. He’d do anything for you. You know he saved so many people. I mean he didn’t have to. Shoulders and arms.  That guy was like a tugboat.  Like you can tie four people to him and he’d swim them in.  That’s the kind of strength he had in swimming.  Real strong.”

Eddie Aikau was just on another level.

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