August 11, 2004 Billabong team rider Andy Irons signs new five-year multi-million dollar contract endorsed exclusively through Billabong. According to Irons he would like to see out the rest of his career with Billabong following in the footsteps of Occy and Shane Dorian.
“I am really looking forward to a life-time support from the Billabong family, said Irons. I mean look at Occy and Dorian, any questions!, continued an ecstatic Irons. “I am enjoying where I am in my career right now, but I am also looking forward to the next phase where I do what Dorian is doing, chasing and riding the best waves on the planet.
As two-time world champion and current ratings leader it doesn’t look like Irons is ready to quit just yet. In fact he is hoping for a third world title and gearing up for the next WCT event to be held at Hebara Beach, Chiba in Japan. With five of the 12 WCT events behind him and a recent win at the Billabong Pro JBay in Jeffreys Bay, South Africa, Irons is definitely well on his way to becoming the 2004 world champion.
“We are extremely proud of Andy and excited to have him on our team for another five years, said Graham Stapelberg, vice president of marketing for Billabong USA. In only his third year with Billabong he has managed to seal two back-to-back world titles, be inducted into the Surfing Hall of Fame, captured the Surfer Poll award for two consecutive years and is the lead contender for the WCT world title this year.
In July Irons was inducted into the Hard Rock Wall of Fame in Oahu with the likes of Duke Kahanamoku, Kelly Slater, Sunny Garcia, Todd Chesser and Mark Foo. He was also the costar next to fellow team rider Dave ‘Rasta’ Rastovich in Jack McCoy’s latest film — Blue Horizon, where he managed to find time to hit some of the screenings throughout the country in-between his hectic WCT schedule.
In 2003 Irons duplicated his clean sweep for the second consecutive year by claiming the Xbox Pipeline Masters, the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing title, which combines the highest score of the three Hawaii events, Haleiwa, Sunset and Pipe, and the Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) world title making him the 2003 World Champion. He is the only surfer to ever win all three titles two years in a row.