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Quiksilver in Memory of Eddie Aikau surfing contest: Kelly Slater leads; Clyde Aikau still going strong at 60

December 8, 2009 |  2:08 pm


Kelly Slater has the lead halfway through the Quiksilver in Memory of Eddie Aikau big-wave surfing contest at Waimea Bay on Oahu's North Shore.

But perhaps more inspirational for the older wave riders among us is the performance of Clyde Aikau, who's still charging Waimea at the creaky age of 60.

Clyde is the younger brother of Eddie Aikau, the legendary waterman who was presumed drowned in 1978, at 31, after he went missing while attempting to swim for help when a large voyaging canoe capsized a dark, stormy Molokai Channel.

Slater leads largely on the merit of a score of 98 out of a possible 100 -- the highest score of the day so far.

-- Pete Thomas

Photo: Clyde Aikau at Waimea Bay during the first heat of a contest honoring the memory of his brother. Credit: Kelly Cestari