Walsh among 28 surfers to receive Eddie invitations

Ian Walsh of Haiku is among the 28 surfers invited to the 2013-14 Quiksilver in Memory of Eddie Aikau, considered by many to be the world’s premier big-wave contest.

The Eddie, in its 29th year, has been held eight times. Rules dictate that waves reach at least 20 feet, and the holding period runs from Dec. 1 to Feb. 28. California’s Greg Long took the title that last time the contest took place, in 2009.

Walsh, 30, was also in last year’s field. He is in the final 32 of this year’s HIC Pro, a qualifier for the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing, holding the event’s top single-wave score and sharing the top heat score.