The Legend Of Eddie Aikau On ESPN

posted by / News / October 1, 2013

Eddie ESPN

Tonight at 8:00 pm eastern, 5:00 pacific, Hawaiian: The Legend of Eddie Aikau premiers on ESPN. I was lucky enough to receive an early copy and will not provide any spoilers (Eddie dies in a mythical way at the end) but will say that it is totally worth watching. The non-surf world rarely gets surf right but, thankfully, this film was made in family. It was directed by Sam George. And I know that ol’ Sam is, sometimes, the butt of jokes for his hyperbole and his gold hoop earring. But he should not be. His hair is amazing, he married Kiani from North Shore and he gave me my start in surf writing. Yes, Sam George commissioned my very first piece so many years ago. What a day that was! I was so young, so green, nowhere near the decadent monster I have become. But that is a story for another time. Today belongs to Hawaiian: The Legend of Eddie Aikau. It is a fine film. The interviews are insightful, the archival footage compelling, the narrative well-done. It is Sam George’s finest work since telling Chas Smith to go forth and conquer. Watch and you will agree. —Chas Smith

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  • robin nyx

    are they going to repeat it or can we watch it later on-line? i’m not going to be able to see it at 5 :(

  • Chelo

    I’m wondering the same thing, but can’t find any info.

  • Cov

    It was amazing. A true “Hero” without a doubt. Worth watching every minute!

  • Tom Carroll from long beach NY

    Iwas honored to be around Eddie and Clyde on the north shore in 1972……. They were like royalty

  • Janie

    Outstanding!!! I woke up three times last night thinking about Eddie’s brave attempt to rescue his fellow crew mates.

  • Sliding Sense

    True Hawaiians.

  • Duke Alonzo

    Was channel surfing Wednesday happened to stumble upon it
    And excellent documentary about Eddie , thanks Sam George