It’s great to see Andy Irons in form again. As of this writing, Andy just won his Round Four heat against Mick Fanning with some last minute heroics. He fired off three big turns under immense pressure, needing a 6.41.
The judges rewarded him with a slim victory, the first time this year he has had a close call go his way.
Irons had lost in the prior two events by a margin of .4 or less. When he advanced to the quarterfinals today, he already had best result in 2 years. It’s been quite a journey back.
During his heat the web commentators aired a quick clip of an Andy interview when he was asked about and “McEnroe moments”. His honest reply painted a hilarious mental picture. Fast forward to 3:25 for some interview gold.
“Those are awesome. I’ve had a bunch of those… I’ve had some bad ones ah? One of my worst ones was at Trestles, I lost to Dane, who is an amazing surfer, one of my favorites now… i was kicking my boards around the competitors area, acting like a little kid… I’ve broken phones, computers, stuff like that. Really bummed the next day when you go to use your computer and its ripped in half.”
Andy seems far more mature than his former self, and with the jitters out of his surfing and some momentum for the business end of the 2010 season, he’s a dangerous threat to any world title contender. For what it’s worth, in his post heat interview, Andy alluded to his wife Lyndie having a bun in the oven. I hear that’s a motivator. Go Andy!