Luke Shepardson becomes the first lifeguard to win the Eddie Aikau Big Wave Invitational. Find out more about his victory, career, background, and much more
After defeating some of the biggest names in the sport, a local lifeguard from Hawaii emerged as the unexpected champion of the famous Eddie Aikau Big Wave Invitational, known as the “Super Bowl of surfing.”
Luke Shepardson, a lifeguard at Waimea Bay, took authorized time off from his job to participate in the Eddie. He won the competition with a nearly perfect score of 89.1 points, beating out reigning champion John John Florence in second.
Who is surfer and lifeguard Luke Shepardson 2023 Eddie Aikau Big Wave Invitational winner, his age and family
Honolulu City & County Lifeguard Luke Shepardson wins the 2023 Eddie Aikau Big Wave Invitational Championship ▪️ @KHONnews' @chrislatronic caught up with the champ following the announcement https://t.co/GkBMcle9AN Stay 2/ #KHON2 for more coverage throughout the evening 🤙🏽 pic.twitter.com/ecWT1OnTot
— Rob DeMello (@RobDeMelloKHON) January 23, 2023
The 27-year-old accepted the award while dressed in a yellow lifeguard t-shirt and red board shorts, calling it a “dream come true” to compete on Sunday. His victory is notable since he is the first lifeguard in history to have won the prestigious competition.
Since then, he has become the talk of the town, with many people sending congratulatory messages to him from all over the world. He has also become a hot search topic on various platforms, as many people are now trying to find out more about him. So, let’s find out everything about him:
Who is Luke Shepardson?
Lue Shepardson is a well-known surfer and lifeguard. He has been in the news because he recently won the Eddie Aikau Big Wave Invitational.
He hails from Oahu, Hawaii’s North Shore. He took a certification course to become a lifeguard.
With his father’s support, he developed a love of surfing and the water from an early age. He is currently 27 years old.
When Luke Shepardson was just 16 years old in 2011, he attended his first professional qualification season. According to his World Surf League biography, his most recent was in 2018, when he was rated 212.
He has established a reputation for himself in the North Shore surfing community over the years, and in 2016 he made a strong impact thanks to his perfect score of 10 in the Men’s Pipe Invitational.
He is frequently near the ocean because he works as a lifeguard for the City and County of Honolulu.
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