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WAIMEA BAY, Oahu/Hawaii (Tuesday, December 8, 2009) -Greg Long (USA) The Quiksilver In Memory of Eddie Aikau,  was officially  called "ON" by Contest Director George Downing this morning. The ASP specialty sanctioned event kicked off at 8am with wave face heights in the 25-35-foot range..Nine times world champion Kelly Slater (USA) led for most of the day until Greg Long(USA) scored his best four scoring rides in the last heat of the day to over take Slater. Long scored a perfect 100 point wave late in the day to seal the first prize purse of $55,000. Slater was runner up with Sunny Garcia (HAW) in 3rd, defending champion Bruce Irons (HAW) 4th and Ramon Navarro (CHL)  in 5th place. Navarro won the Monster drop award for the biggest drop, also in the final heat of the day when wave faces were pushing 40' plus...The northern hemisphere winter months on the North Shore signal a concentration of surfing activity with some of the best surfers in the world taking advantage of swells originating in the stormy Northern Pacific. Notable North Shore spots include Waimea Bay, Off The Wall, Backdoor, Log Cabins, Rockpiles and Sunset Beach... Ehukai Beach is more  commonly known as Pipeline and is the most notable surfing spot on the North Shore. It is considered a prime spot for competitions due to its close proximity to the beach, giving spectators, judges, and photographers a great view...The North Shore is considered to be one the surfing world's must see locations and every December hosts three competitions, which make up the Triple Crown of Surfing. The three men's competitions are the Reef Hawaiian Pro at Haleiwa, the O'Neill World Cup of Surfing at Sunset Beach, and the Billabong Pipeline Masters. The three women's competitions are the Reef Hawaiian Pro at Haleiwa, the Gidget Pro at Sunset Beach, and the Billabong Pro on the neighboring island of Maui...Photo: Joliphotos.com
WAIMEA BAY, Oahu/Hawaii (Tuesday, December 8, 2009) -Greg Long (USA) The Quiksilver In Memory of Eddie Aikau, was officially called "ON" by Contest Director George Downing this morning. The ASP specialty sanctioned event kicked off at 8am with wave face heights in the 25-35-foot range..Nine times world champion Kelly Slater (USA) led for most of the day until Greg Long(USA) scored his best four scoring rides in the last heat of the day to over take Slater. Long scored a perfect...
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