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Can Kelly Slater hold on to win prestigious Eddie Aikau memorial surfing contest?

December 8, 2009 |  2:26 pm


Kelly Slater has not surfed Waimea Bay in five years, but it doesn't show as he takes a commanding lead into the second and final round of the Quiksilver in Memory of Eddie Aikau surfing contest at the legendary break on Oahu's North Shore.

Slater has the highest overall score and the highest single-wave score: a 98 out of a possible 100. If he holds on to win, it will be his second triumph in a contest that is held only in years when wave faces measure 40 feet or higher.

Slater, a nine-time World Tour champion, won the Aikau contest in 2002. Kauai's Bruce Irons, who won in 2004, is the defending champion. This marks the 25th anniversary of the event, even though it has only been held eight times. 

-- Pete Thomas

Photo: Kelly Slater in action at the Eddie Aikau memorial surfing contest at Waimea Bay. Credit: © ASP/CESTARI