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Eddie Would Google

Written by Chris Cantore

Today would have been surfing legend Eddie Aikau’s 73rd birthday and Google is honoring him in a rad doodle.

Born on May 4, 1946, Aikau was a well-known Hawaiian lifeguard and surfer.  Best known for his heroic actions and charging unruly conditions (AKA big waves,) he disappeared at sea during a rescue mission in Tahiti in 1978.

Eddie’s selfless actions are recognized to this day.

The animated doodle features a smiling Aikau — with flowing hair — on one side of a wave, and a lifeguard shack on the other side.  The center wave features the Google logo and a surfer about to get barreled. The doodle is entwined in maile with a yellow hibiscus flower at the bottom right.

Per the the Google website, a team of illustrators and engineers regularly creates Google doodles to celebrate holidays, events, and legends like Eddie Aikau.

About the author

Chris Cantore

Morning Radio Guy turned Digital Media Dude.
Host of The Cantore Show podcast.
Be Cool, No Kooks.