The world of surfing is mourning today following the sudden and tragic death of 3 time ASP World Champion Andy Irons. Following an early withdrawal from the Rip Curl Pro in Puerto Rico last weekend due to illness, Andy passed away in a hotel in Dallas after reportedly been suffering from the viral disease, Dengue fever.
I saw the news late last night and couldn’t believe what I was reading. Andy was such an inspirational surfer and an incredibly exciting to watch. Probably the only surfer to really challenge 9 time world champion, Kelly Slater, A.I. created an exhilaratingevent every time he surfed, especially when he was up against Kelly. For years now I have been watching A.I. excel himself on the world tour, especially when he won his first world title in 2002. Jack McCoy’s film, Blue Horizon gave us a fantastic view into the things that made Andy one of the best surfers of our time. You won’t be forgotten.
I have a lot of inner demons, if I didn’t have surfing to get those out of my system, I would self destruct. Surfing’s the reason that keeps me going in a normal state, keeps my life at an even keel. Without it, it would just tip into oblivion. Andy Irons