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Towering Waves Power This Prestigious Competition In Hawaii

For the 10th time in more than 30 years, a renowned surfing competition made a big splash

A renowned surfing tournament returned with a major splash for the 10th time in over 30 years on Sunday as waves at Hawaii’s Waimea Bay swelled over a story high.

The Eddie Aikau Big Wave Invitational, sometimes alluded to as the “Super Bowl of Surfing,” or the “Eddie,” is a one-day surfing contest of will in Waimea Bay on Oahu’s North Shore that is only held when the swells consistently reach an astounding 20 feet , testing the skills — and mettle — of the select group of surfers invited to the event.

Organizer Clyde Aikau said at a news conference Friday that he expected waves to reach 25 to 30 feet by Hawaii’s measures — or 50 to 60 feet on the national scale.

The waves met the swell height requirement Sunday, with one of the .

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