ESPN Films: "30 for 30" "Hawaiian: The Legend of Eddie Aikau" Wins Emmy Award
HUNTINGTON BEACH, CA -- (Marketwired) -- 05/29/14 -- ESPN's "30 for
30" documentary, "Hawaiian: The Legend of Eddie Aikau" has been
awarded an Emmy for Best Sports Documentary Series during the 35th
Annual Emmy Awards. As one of the few surf-related films to ever win
an Emmy, the documentary brings mainstream exposure to an iconic surf
figure and an important piece of Quiksilver's heritage. The
documentary stood alongside the legendary sporting stories of Bo
Jackson, Sugar Ray Leonard, Nancy Kerrigan, and Dan Marino in ESPN
Films "30 For 30" series, and was viewed in millions of homes around
The film chronicles the remarkable life and power of Eddie Aikau, the
legendary Hawaiian big-wave surfer, pioneering lifeguard and,
ultimately, doomed crew member of the Polynesian voyaging canoe
Hokule'a. The film richly combines archival imagery, contemporary
interviews and meticulously researched historical source material.
Quiksilver played an integral role in the production of this film,
having served for 30 years as a host sponsor of the Memory of Eddie
Aikau Big Wave Surfing Invitational held at Wiamea Bay, Hawaii. Over
that time, Quiksilver formed a strong partnership and friendship with
the Aikau Family, enabling it to provide archival access and
relationships to many of the individuals that are central to the
story and the documentary's success.
The film is a compelling exploration of the tragic decline and
extraordinary re-birth of the Hawaiian culture, personified by a
native son whose dynamic life and heroic death served as inspiration
to an entire spiritual movement. The film was directed by Sam George;
produced by Stacy Peralta, Paul Taublieb, and Agi Orsi; and narrated
by Josh Brolin.
"Quiksilver, and everyone in the surfing community, is overwhelmed by
the success and excitement created by this film," said Quiksilver,
Inc.'s Executive Chairman, Bob McKnight. "We are very proud to have
helped Eddie Aikau's memory live on, and we celebrate the legacy of
this legendary man, lifeguard and surfer."
This film premiered at New York's Tribeca Film Festival and has won
several awards, including Best Picture and Best Director at the
Malibu International Film Festival; Best Picture, Best Documentary
and Audience Favorite at the Maui Film Festival, as well as Best
Documentary at Surfer Poll. The Eddie Aikau documentary is also being
featured at the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of the
American Indian in New York, NY, during the month of May, where it
will retain a permanent home thereafter.
Quiksilver continues to support the memory of Eddie Aikau with a
signature collection that will be available in stores on
Quiksilver.com starting September 25, 2014, in celebration of the
30th annual Quiksilver in Memory of Eddie Aikau big wave surfing
competition, held on a single day when waves often reach 40 feet or
more, between December 1st, 2014 and February 28th, 2015.
Quiksilver, Inc., one of the world's leading outdoor sports lifestyle
companies, which designs, produces and distributes branded apparel,
footwear and accessories. The company's apparel and footwear brands,
inspired by a passion for outdoor action sports, represent a casual
lifestyle for young-minded people who connect with its boardriding
culture and heritage. The company's Quiksilver, Roxy, and DC brands
have authentic roots and heritage in surf, snow and skate. The
company's products are sold in more than 90 countries in a wide range
of distribution, including surf shops, skate shops, snow shops, its
proprietary Boardriders Club shops and other company-owned retail
stores, other specialty stores, select department stores and through
various e-commerce channels. Quiksilver's corporate headquarters are
in Huntington Beach, California.
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