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

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Macmillan, Feb 7, 2004 - Biography & Autobiography - 288 pages
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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 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.

"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


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Bubba Quinsaat 8/31/10 The book I am reading is Eddie Would Go and i'm halfway done with it. It talks about a Oahu native that became a legendary surfer who took on the biggest waves the Islands have ... Read full review

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

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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 ... Read full review


The Spirit of Waimea Bay
The Life of the Land
A Brotherhood of Surfers
Eddie and the Duke
Lifeguards and Guardian Angels
Life in the Graveyard
Racial Pride and Prejudice
Triumph and Tragedy
Hawaiian Rage
Victory and Defeat
The Search
The Voyage Continues
Follow the Turtles

Diving Deep
Hokulea and the Hawaiian Renaissance

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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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