"Left Right Left" In Memory of Andy Irons Surfing Legend
The surf community is mourning the loss of surfing legend Andy Irons. He was found dead in a hotel room in Dallas, Texas on Tuesday. He was en route back to his home in Kauai. The 32 year old surfing legend was a three time World ASP Surfing Champion. Irons was raised in Kauai and learned how to surf on the North Shore with his younger brother Bruce. Irons was one of the most prominent athletes of surfing.
Andy Irons had a famous rivalry with Kelly Slater, a nine time champion. What began as a rivalry turned into a friendship. Kelly released a statement that included “He was the most intense competitor I’ve ever known and one of the most sensitive people. He had so much life left in him and it hurts to think about.”
Andy Irons also starred in the 2004 film Blue Horizon, a documentary following Irons and Dave “Rasta” Rastovich.
Andy Irons was intense, versatile and fearless. He sat out the 2009 season but made a comeback in September by winning the Billabong Pro Teahupoo, in Tahiti. He gave a great interview after winning that event.
He was to compete in the Rip Curl Pro Search event in Puerto Rico but decided to withdraw. He was honored at the event on Wednesday with a paddle out memorial service. Surfers from around the world gathered in the water, formed a circle, joined and raised hands to honor Irons.
He was also expected to compete in the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing, an event in Oahu Irons has won four times.
There are many videos featuring Andy Irons and his amazing surfing but this is one of my favorites.
Check out this Andy Irons tribute from professional surf photographer Brian Bielmann.
We will keep his family and friends in our thoughts – including his wife Lyndie who is due in December with their baby boy, and his brother Bruce. Please feel free to leave your thoughts or memories of him.
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