During The Quiksilver In Memory of Eddie Aikau at Waimea Bay one year ago, SURFER staff photographers were running around like mad to document one of the most monumental events in the history of big-wave surfing. They uploaded images throughout the day to bring you live photo coverage of the event, but one of our photographers, Zak Noyle, was conspicuously missing in action. That’s because Noyle was swimming in the lineup, waterhousing in hand, dodging massive washthroughs for eight hours straight. Needless to say, he was a bit too preoccupied to send us photos live. Nevertheless, Noyle managed to capture the glory and the chaos of this year’s Eddie from the best seat in the house, all without taking too many bombs on the head. Take a peek at what the Eddie looked like from the water, and give it up for the big-wave hellmen (and photographers) who pushed themselves to the limits.