"Giant waves of up to 50 feet pounded Hawaii's shores today, creating the perfect conditions for a fabled extreme surfing competition.
Thousands of onlookers gathered at Waimea beach to watch the world's top surfers plummet down the face of the huge waves as they competed in the one day Eddie Akau competition, held only when waves top 20 feet in Waimea Bay.
This is only the eighth time in the competition's 25 year history that conditions have been right to hold the event. The last time the Eddie - named after a celebrated Hawaiian surfer and lifeguard - took place was in 2002.This video isn't from this event but it is considered the largest wave ridden and caught on video. Enjoy.