This day 2 years ago, the world was shocked by the passing of Andy Irons, ex ASP World Tour Champion, proud Father, all round nice guy and surfing legend.
Born and raised in Oahu, Hawaii to Phil and Danielle Irons, he was introduced to surfing by his Father at a young age with his Younger brother Bruce, learning on the rough and treacherous beaches of North Shore, Kauai, Hawaii would stand him in good stead throughout his career, combined with his immense talent, this toughness that was bred into him would be a key reason behind his success.
During his illustrious career he won three world titles (02, 03, 04) Three Quiksilver Pro France titles (03, 04, 05) Two Rip Curl Pro Search titles (06 and 07) and a grand total of 20 elite tour victories. In 2010 he conquered the Billabong Pro in Tahiti and to this day remains the only surfer to triumph at every location on the ASP calendar.
Andy had a fierce and supremely competitive rivalry with Kelly Slater over the course of his career which will probably go down as the greatest rivalry surfing has ever seen. Andy dumbed down the rivalry throughout his career, but it was publically known that the two were itching to better one another at each event, it wasn’t out of dislike for each other necessarily, but just down to two immensely talented surfers fighting for top spot.
Andy was married to Lyndie Dupuis, who was seven months pregnant with Andy’s first child at his time of passing, Andy Axel Irons was a healthy baby born on November 8th 2010, the same day that the Pipeline Masters dedicated to Andy Irons took place.
Andy passed away in Grapevine, Texas as he was travelling home due to illness, he was scheduled to compete at a WCT Event in Puerto Rico before withdrawing due to ill health, Andy was found in his bed by Hotel staff as he stopped over near Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport en route to returning home.
Let us all remember Andy for what he gave to the world of Surfing and what he gave to the world as a whole, we were all blessed for experiencing his talents and for those who knew him, the wealth he brought to their lives.
RIP Andy Irons (1978-2010)