Andy Irons Passes Away At Age 32
It's been two days now since the passing of the great Andy Irons. While the surf world mourns for one of its fallen sons, we here at TransWorld SURF share the pain and it seems surreal to write that he’s gone. Andy was not only a great surfer, brother, husband, and soon to be father, but he was a one hell of an interview. Much like his surfing, he wouldn't ever hold back. The last time I talked to him on the phone was right after he won the Billabong Pro Tahiti and after initial greetings he said, "All right, turn that f—kin' recorder on, let's do this!" Classic AI.
We cherish and remember Andy Irons for all the great things he did as a surfer and how inspired surfers young and old worldwide. TransWorld SURF would like to extend our deepest condolences and most heart felt prayers to Andy's friends and family, especially his beautiful wife, Lyndie. Rest in peace brother, we'll see you on the other side…
See below for a special slideshow one of Andy's favorite surf photographers, Brian Bielmann, put together in memory of Andy Irons.
Andy took the ASP World Tour by storm and won the World Championship in 2002, 2003, and 2004. He will be remembered as the one guy in the world who could regularly beat Kelly Slater and his surfing in waves of consequence will live on forever. Just this year, Andy was one of five surfers we chose to have in the TransWorld SURF surf movie, High Five. His part was last (given to the best performing surfer) and perfectly displayed his legendary backside tube riding skills and man-sized hacks.