Need a good t-shirt? Want to watch an amazing big wave surf competition? Quicksilver is the answer.
First, Quicksilver makes a great t-shirt. They are high quality, comfortable, and last forever. They come in a size for anyone in the family, and most of them have fun designs. They also make the ‘Eddie Would Go’ and ‘Eddie Went’ t-shirts that are incredibly popular around the islands. I’m thankful we have several stores here on Maui.
Quicksilver also sponsors the Eddie Aikau surf competition that takes place over on Oahu. Eddie was a surfer and lifeguard who was willing to go out for rescues when no other person would brave the conditions. The phrase “Eddie Would Go” became a natural slogan for the big wave surf competition that was started after his death. The ‘Eddie’ is a competition that is only held when the waves get to be consistently 40′ high at Waimea. In the 31 years since it’s inception, the Eddie has only been held 9 times. Most recently, in 2016, and before that it was held in December 2009. When it goes, the “Eddie Went” t-shirts and bumperstickers are printed in droves.
The spoof bumperstickers come out too:
Our family braved the insane traffic on December 8th, 2009 when the Eddie went for the 8th time. It was mind-numbing to see the size of the waves in what is a very calm bay during the summer. The surfers are nothing but a speck out on the waves, and the energy in the crowd is contagious.