Eddy is named after Eddie Aikau, the famous Hawaiian big wave surfer and the first ever lifeguard at Waimea Bay.
As a lifeguard, Eddie saved over 500 people without losing a single one. As a big wave surfer he won the 1977 Duke Kahanamoku Invitational Surfing Championship as well as several other awards.
Tragically, his life ended early at the age of 31. While traveling on a voyaging canoe about 12 miles off the coast of the Hawaiian islands, the ship capsized. In an attempt to get help and save the rest of the crew, Eddie paddled toward shore on his surfboard. The crew was later rescued by the U.S. Coast Guard but Eddie was lost at sea.
After his death the phrase “Eddie Would Go” became popular among locals and surfing fans around the world.