Backstory — Brian Bielmann and Andy Irons

Andy Irons. Pipeline. Photo: Brian Bielmann

Andy Irons. Pipeline. Photo: Brian Bielmann

Andy Irons at Pipeline
January 2008
Photo by Brian Bielmann

"This photo was sitting in my files for a long time because there was another photographer’s head in the way, kind of ruining the shot. So one day a friend of mine was at the house and I asked her if she could get rid of the head. Boom! In one minute the shot was perfect, and it was instantly one of my favorite shots ever of Andy. I sent it to Billabong and within a week it was picked to be the 2012 Billabong Pipeline Masters poster image. Funny thing about this one: As he was paddling by me, Andy said, 'Living the dream, Bielmann, living the dream …' He was right." —Brian Bielmann

Irons, a three-time ASP world champion, tragically passed away in a Dallas hotel room in November 2010, costing the surfing world one of its favorite sons. He will forever be remembered as one of the greats of the sport.

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