Eddie Would Go

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In the 1970s, a decade before bumper stickers and T-shirts bearing the phrase Eddie Would Go began popping up all over the Hawaiian islands and throughout the surfing world, Eddie Aikau was proving what it meant to be a "waterman." As a fearless and gifted surfer, he rode the biggest waves in the world; as the first and most famous Waimea Bay lifeguard on the North Shore, he saved hundreds of lives from its treacherous waters; and as a proud Hawaiian, he sacrificed his life to ...

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Eddie Would Go: The Story of Eddie Aikau, Hawaiian Hero and Pioneer of Big Wave Surfing

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Overview

In the 1970s, a decade before bumper stickers and T-shirts bearing the phrase Eddie Would Go began popping up all over the Hawaiian islands and throughout the surfing world, Eddie Aikau was proving what it meant to be a "waterman." As a fearless and gifted surfer, he rode the biggest waves in the world; as the first and most famous Waimea Bay lifeguard on the North Shore, he saved hundreds of lives from its treacherous waters; and as a proud Hawaiian, he sacrificed his life to save the crew aboard the voyaging canoe Hokule'a.

Eddie Would Go is the compelling story of Eddie Aikau's legendary life and legacy, a pipeline into the exhilarating world of surfing, and an important chronicle of the Hawaiian Renaissance and the emergence of modern Hawaii.

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Editorial Reviews

Honolulu Weekly
"Fantastic...a treat to read."

— Mark Cunningham

San Francisco Chronicle
"Splendid...clear and fascinating."

— Greg Ambrose

Surfing Magazine
"Enlightening...an impressive history...of surfing...of Hawaiian culture both at home and across the world."

— Matt Walker

The San Diego Union-Tribune
"A meaningful biography of a surfing hero...extraordinary."

— Terry Rogers

The St. Petersburg Times
"Coleman, a surfer himself, does an admirable job of de-mystifying this remarkable man."

— Terry Tomalin

From the Publisher
"A homespun homage to a modern-day folk hero...you'll see why St. Martin's decided to take Eddie nationwide—and why it's attracting loving glances from Hollywood."

—Brad Wieners, Outside Magazine

"Splendid...clear and fascinating."—Greg Ambrose, San Francisco Chronicle

"Enlightening...an impressive history...of surfing...of Hawaiian culture both at home and across the world."—Matt Walker, Surfing Magazine

"Eddie Aikau's life is a story waiting to be told, and it could not have been told any better than in Stuart Coleman's Eddie Would Go. This is a bestseller in the same way as the The Perfect Storm."—Peter Cole, Big-Wave Surfing Pioneer

"It's amazing the impact Eddie had on the surfing world and Hawaii. It touches the community at a real grass-roots level."—Kelly Slater, World Champion Surfer

"A meaningful biography of a surfing hero...extraordinary."

-Terry Rogers, The San Diego Union-Tribune

"Coleman, a surfer himself, does an admirable job of de-mystifying this remarkable man."

-Terry Tomalin, The St. Petersburg Times

"Fantastic...a treat to read."-Mark Cunningham, Honolulu Weekly

Honolulu Weekly - Mark Cunningham
"Fantastic...a treat to read."
The St. Petersburg Times - Terry Tomalin
"Coleman, a surfer himself, does an admirable job of de-mystifying this remarkable man."
The San Diego Union-Tribune - Terry Rogers
"A meaningful biography of a surfing hero...extraordinary."
Kelly Slater
"It's amazing the impact Eddie had on the surfing world and Hawaii. It touches the community at a real grass-roots level."
Surfing Magazine - Matt Walker
"Enlightening...an impressive history...of surfing...of Hawaiian culture both at home and across the world."
San Francisco Chronicle - Greg Ambrose
"Splendid...clear and fascinating."
Publishers Weekly
EDDIE WOULD GO: The Story of Eddie Aikau, Hawaiian Hero and Pioneer of Big Wave SurfingStuart Holmes Coleman. St. Martin's, $14.95 paper (272p) ISBN 0-312-32718-8 ~ Eddie Aikau was the most famous and respected Hawaiian surfer since the legendary Duke Kahanamoku brought surfing to national attention in the 1920s. Coleman's thoughtful and detailed biography is the best look at Aikau's story since the surfer died in 1978 paddling for help after the historic Canoe Hokulea (a twin-hulled boat modeled after the ancient Polynesian vessels that brought the first settlers to the islands of Hawaii) was capsized in a huge storm. Coleman brings his skills as an essayist and poet to weave the many strands of Aikau's life into a coherent picture of how Aikau's story "was also the story of modern Hawai'i." Coleman nicely describes how Aikau-born in 1946 into a "spiritually divided" postwar Hawaiian culture torn between "Hawai'ian roots and American dreams"-helped define a new image of Hawaii in the 1950s and '60s, as part of the first modern surfing expeditions to the Oahu's North Shore and its huge waves at the now-classic Pipeline and Waimea Bay beaches. ("Eddie would go" is now the standard surfing phrase used to determine if a surfer should attempt to ride a particularly daunting wave.) Coleman shows how Aikau's life between 1967 and 1977 was "a strange mix of calm and chaos," with Aikau working as a Waimea Bay lifeguard between local and international surf competitions, culminating in his winning the prestigious Duke Kahanamoku Classic in 1977. But Coleman also smartly observes how Aikau's desire to join the crew of the voyaging Hokulea-which was attempting to show that ancient Polynesian sailors had purposely sailed to the islands-was itself an example of the resurgent interest by Hawaiians to explore and reclaim their cultural identity and further added to Aikau's ongoing status as a Hawaiian hero. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312327187
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 2/7/2004
  • Edition description: REV
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 273,306
  • Product dimensions: 9.14 (w) x 5.14 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Stuart Coleman

Stuart Holmes Coleman moved to Hawaii in 1993 to teach, write, and surf. His essays and poems have appeared in numerous publications, including The Washington Post, USA Today, The Surfer's Path, The Atlanta Review, Charleston Magazine and Honolulu Magazine. Eddie Would Go is his first book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 27, 2012

    Eddie Would Go an inspiring story

    When I was a Ocean Lifeguard my peers said I should read this book. I should have red this book a long time ago. It was well written, and is inspiring. I wonder, how much more would Eddie have done if he didn't die.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 26, 2009

    Soul surfing

    A compelling book about a compelling person and a transformative time. This is a must read for any true waterman or soul surfer.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 4, 2008

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    This was a great book about an even greater man. Well written about Eddie Aikau's life, a man who rode mountainous waves and saved many lifes. I applaud this author and I give my Aloha to the Aikau family, because after reading this book I feel like I know them. This book took me back to the earlier days in Oahu, where I would give anything to go back and experience, and to also meet Eddie. 'Eddie would go!'

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