Andy Irons was bigger than life. He was the only surfer to ever challenge Kelly Slater in his prime, drawing the 11-time world champion out of retirement for a three-peat spanking that took the surf world by storm. Slater was a mere mortal, and Irons knew exactly how to get into his head.
It was one of the greatest rivalries in all of sports. The fire and passion that Irons brought to the table was unmatched. He was a person who lit up any room he walked in to and always gave whoever he was listening to his full attention.
But he struggled with demons his whole life and on November 2, 2010 Irons passed away in a Dallas hotel room, at the young age of 32, from a heart attack and acute mixture of drugs and alcohol. His wife Lindy was 8 months pregnant with their first child.
Irons suffered from bipolar disease, dyslexia and addiction. The details of that part of his life were rarely (if ever) discussed while he was alive. But a new documentary from Teton Gravity Research, “Andy: The Untold Story of Andy Irons”, is being done in coordination with Lyndie and Andy’s brother Bruce. They just released its first trailer for the project and have revealed a Kickstarter campaign along with it.
As Andy’s brother Bruce says of the documentary:
“The time to tell Andy's story is now, not because we want to glorify his life or accomplishments but because Andy wanted to share the truth of his struggles to educate future generations. This project is the hardest thing I have ever done. We wanted to shine an honest light on the truth—both the struggles and the triumphs—and tell an accurate story of who Andy truly was.”
The project is currently pouring through endless troves of footage, hoping to put together all the links and bring to light the struggles and successes of Irons. It is an important tale of a god amongst men who flew too close to the sun. We still miss you Andy and hope to shed light on what you went through and what you truly meant to this world.
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