Greg Long

We're sending you live photo coverage from The Quiksilver In Memory Of Eddie Aikau, where 28 handpicked competitors will challenge the world's most famous big-wave break in honor of the North Shore lifeguard and his enduring legacy. With images from Waimea Bay coming to you in real-time from SURFER staff photographers, our gallery will bring you the best moments from The Eddie in what's expected to be a historic day, from the morning's first wave until the evening's final call. Who will follow Greg Long's 2009 contest victory and take top honors? Photo: Ellis

John Florence

Congratulations to John Florence, winner of the 2015-2016 Quiksilver In Memory of Eddie Aikau! Photo: Glaser

John Florence

John Florence. Photo: Ellis

John Florence

Everybody wants a photo with the new king. Photo: Ellis

John Florence

As he made his way up the beach after his final heat, the massive crowd showered John in cheers. Photo: Ellis

John Florence

With under an hour to go in the final heat, John Florence can rest easy on the beach, holding a commanding lead over the rest of the competitors, with Makua Rothman’s total of 171 the closest to John’s incredible 301. Photo: Glaser

Mason Ho and John Florence

Two of the North Shore’s favorite sons, Mason Ho and John Florence, share a steep and deep one. Photo: Glaser

Kelly Slater

Kelly Slater channeled his old friend Brock Little in his Round 2 heat, slipping into a beautiful pit on an inside Waimea diamond. Photo: Glaser

Makua Rothman

Makua Rothman. Photo: Ellis

Twiggy Baker

The view from Shark’s Cove, looking on as Twig Baker handles the drop on a meaty one. Photo: Ellis

Brock On

The spirit of Brock Little is everywhere today, the legend’s passing weighing heavy on people’s hearts, but also inspiring camaraderie and closeness amongst competitors and onlookers. #BrockSwell, for sure. Photo: Ellis

Koa Rothman

Koa Rothman. Photo: Ellis

Koa Rothman

Koa Rothman showed up frothing like the grom he is—at least as far as The Eddie goes. The youngest competitor in the event slipped in with a Wild Card, and has been hucking himself down mountains all afternoon. Photo: Ellis

Kelly Slater and Jamie O'Brien

Jamie O’Brien committed from deep, while Kelly Slater sneaks in from the shallows. Photo: Glaser

Twiggy Baker

Grant Baker took a beating in Round 1, but that won’t stop the South African from throwing down this afternoon. Photo: Glaser

Jamie O'Brien and Shane Dorian

Jamie O’Brien (right) and Shane Dorian (left) get an early entrance into one of the biggest waves of the event, nabbing JOB a 72 and Shane Dorian a 93, the highest score of the event. Photo: Ellis

Bomb

The swell is here in full force, with closeouts shutting down The Bay every other set. Photo: Ellis

Skis

Closeout sets had rescue skis gassing it for the sand, trying to get out of the way. Photo: Ellis

Koa Rothman

Koa Rothman got the call that not only was he in The Eddie, but in the same first-round heat as older brother and WSL Big Wave Tour World Champion, Makua. Surely Makua’s fired up, seeing his brother going as hard as anyone. Photo: Ellis

Nathan Fletcher

Nathan Fletcher. Photo: Ellis

John Florence

John Florence gunning it for the shoulder during his first Eddie appearance, as Takayuki Wakita yard sales on the shoulder. Photo: Glaser

Clyde Aikau

Clyde Aikau. Photo: Ellis

Clyde Aikau

Hawaiian Royalty as far as we’re concerned, 66-year-old Clyde Aikau—Eddie’s brother and the 1986 Eddie champion—sending it. Photo: Ellis

Mark Healey

Photo: Ellis

Mark Healey

Photo: Ellis

Mark Healey

Mark Healey has been waiting patiently for today, dreaming of getting a bomb at The Bay when it matters, and boy did Mark find a beauty -- a 76-point freight train from way deep. Photo: Ellis

Twiggy Baker

Photo: Glaser

Twiggy Baker

Photo: Glaser

Twiggy Baker

That's Grant "Twiggy" Baker plummeting from the sky, preparing to feel the wrath of Waimea in the biggest wipeout of the day thus far. Luckily, Twiggy survived this one, somehow. Photo: Glaser

Jamie O'Brien

Jamie O’Brien up and over, while Slater looks on, unable to claw his way in. Photo: Ellis

Tom Carroll and Jamie O'Brien

Tom Carroll gets blown out the back trying to wrestle his board onto the face, while Jamie O’Brien gets the jump from underneath. Photo: Ellis

Kohl Christensen

Waimea fixture Kohl Christensen using local knowledge to get a clean entry into this 47-pointer. Photo: Ellis

Greg Long

Greg Long. Photo: Ellis

Greg Long

Former event winner Greg Long opened up his 2016 Eddie run with a bomb, a 31-point beast from deep. Photo: Ellis

Kelly Slater

2002 Eddie winner Kelly Slater waxing up some unorthodox equipment. Photo: Glaser

Greg Long

Past event champ Greg Long makes his way through the scrum and into the bay. Photo: Ellis

Crowd

Beginning last night, thousands of people camped along the road in their cars and on the beach to score the best seats to watch The Eddie. Photo: Ellis

JJF and Eli Olson

John John and Eli Olson take a moment to assess the conditions before a very early morning warmup session. Photo: Ellis

JJF

John Florence rose well before the sun to prep for what will be a day of days at Waimea. Photo: Ellis