According to this from 2008
The Quiksilver in Memory of Eddie Aikau event director George Downing has made a famous statement: In Downing’s words, “The Bay calls the day.” That call has been made only seven times in the past 23 years. It’s as if the ocean itself is determined to keep this event special.
The winners – Clyde Aikau, Keone Downing, Noah Johnson, Ross Clarke-Jones, Kelly Slater and Bruce Irons all possess extraordinary skills in the ocean. Each has had a “peak day” at Waimea Bay, when paddling power, fitness, wave selection, surfing equipment, confidence and courage have all come together.
Add to that list the 2009 winner Greg Long.
Maybe most days of your life are a preparation (or not) for the few big events of your life, and the timing of those events is unpredictable and out of your control. “All things are ready, if our minds be so.”