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    Exclamation The Eddie surf contest is on, and on TV!

    The Eddie is on!!! And it's on Oceanic channel 250, live!!!
    (To anyone who doesn't know about The Eddie surfing contest, the simplified background is that it's held at Waimea Bay and only on days where the waves are a consistent 40' or higher. I'm sure there's a website about it.)
    You mainlanders can probably find live surf cams on the internet, like at Surfline.com and other sites.
    They expect occasional waves to 50' and even 60', the biggest waves we've had here since 1969.
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    Third heat is just starting. Did anyone see Kelly Slater's ride in the last heat? Wave had to be 45' at least, and he rode it all the way in to the beach; scored 98 out of a possible 100 points for that one. Might've just won the meet with it.
    Surfers in each 40-minute heat get a maximum of 4 waves; after 4, you're done.
    Also loved seeing Eddie Aikau's brother Clyde out there in the contest... at 60 years old! Got some good rides. (He won the first contest, in 1986.)
    So far it's been about 10 minutes between giant sets, but they seem to be coming in a bit quicker now. Nice clean faces, since the wind switched to a more normal northeast. (Yesterday was more northerly wind, blowing the waves into ugly faces.)
    I'm loving this! History in the making! Took the day off to watch it.
    And no traffic or parking issues.
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    I have been GLUED to this, gets me so damn giddy just watching, amazing amazing stuff!
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    An email from God:
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    From: God
    Date: 9/04/2007
    Subject: stop

    knock it off, all of you

    seriously, what the hell


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    Ramon Navarro ROCKS!!! that was a huge wave!
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    The awards ceremony just finished.
    1st - Greg Long (San Clemente) [/wave to TutuSue]
    2nd - Kelly Slater
    3rd - Sunny Garcia
    4th - Bruce Irons
    5th - Ramon Navarro

    Amazingly, the waves just kept getting bigger all day. It was fabulous!!! Kudos to all the contestants and to the lifeguards and rescue jet ski watermen.
    Supposedly there will be a one-hour TV special at some point, so keep your eyes peeled for it.
    I was disappointed that nowhere in today's coverage did they play Bruddah IZ doing "The Men Who Ride Mountains" but maybe it will get on for the TV special.
    Supposedly the HPD estimates are 30,000 people on the beach and the cliffsides around Waimea Bay. Lucky buggahs!
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