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Long Takes Title in 2009 Quicksilver in Memory of Eddie Aikau Meet

December 8, 2009, 5:29 PM HST
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Surfer Greg Long takes the title in the 25th Annual Quicksilver in Memory of Eddie Aikau surf competition.  Long pulled off a perfect 100 point ride in the final heat on the north shore of Oahu, securing first place and a $55,000 paycheck.

The final heat also featured a perfect-point ride by Chilean surfer Ramon Navarro who earned the $10,000 Monster Energy drop award for his final ride of the day, in addition to a $2,000 check for a fifth place finish.

Some of the largest sets rolled in with the final heat as surfers braved 25-plus-foot waves.  The event attracted thousands of spectators who came out to witness the wonders of Waimea Bay.  The event last ran five years ago and has only run eight times since its inception in 1980.

The other top five finalists included: second place Kelly Slater for $10,000; third place Sonny Garcia for $5,000; and a fourth place finish by Bruce Irons for $3,000.

A High Surf Warning remains in effect for the north and west facing shores of Niihau, Kauai, Oahu, Molokai and Maui until 6 p.m. on Wednesday.

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