- The 27-year-old Shepardson is a lifeguard for the City & County of Honolulu.
- Shepardson edged out pro surfing star John John Florence for the win.
- Sunday marked the first time since 2016 the waves were big enough to hold “The Eddie.”
- Eddie Aikau, for whom the event was named, was also a Waimea Bay lifeguard. He died in 1978 trying to help fellow members of a canoe expedition in which he took part and that was hit by a storm.
“Super scary, waves were huge. It’s a dream come true to be a part of the Eddie,” Shepardson said after the win. “Brah, I gotta get back to the (lifeguard) tower.”