REAL and the surfing world mourn the loss of 32 year old pro surfer, Andy Irons.
Andy Irons passed away Tuesday, November 2nd in Dallas, Texas. After missing round 1 & 2 of the Rip Curl Search in Puerto Rico earlier this week due to illness, he was returning home to his home in Kauai, Hawaii and was unable to board his flight after a layover in Dallas. Yesterday morning he was found dead in his Dallas hotel room.
Andy Irons won the ASP World Championship Tour 3 times in 2002, 2003 and 2004. Andy was an amazing athlete and an unbelievable influence on the surf world and surfing of our generation. Praised by many as the ultimate combination of focused competitor and thrill seeking freesurfer, Andy was one of the most popular and talented professional surfers in the world. Andy took a break from competition last year to refocus his life and concentrate on his freesurfing. This break seemed to have his health, physical condition and surfing ability honed to new levels as he re-entered the competition spotlight this year. Many thought Andy was favored t win many of the Hawaiian events coming up this Fall and Winter season.
The saddest part of all of this is that Andy is survived by his wife of three years, Lyndie Irons. Lyndie and Andy are expecting their first child within the month. Andy’s passing marks what many will experience as the largest heartfelt loss of modern surfing. He is the first (and many say one of the most popular) of the current generation of pro surfers to pass away. The internet, facebook and twitter practically melted yesterday and today while word of Andy’ passing spread across the globe. Millions of surfers sent messages, offered sympathy and condolences, or just wished Andy some of the best waves of his life with no crowds.
In honor of Andy Irons, REAL will be playing all Andy Irons movies at the REAL Flagship Store in Cape Hatteras, NC this week. Playing today are three of Andy’s best films, Trilogy, Still Filthy and Fly in the Champagne. Stop by the shop and witness why Andy was revered as one of the leading pro surfers our generation. We just received word that the WCT Rip Curl Search event in Puerto Rico has been called off for Wednesday to respect Andy’s passing.
Everyone at REAL sends their condolences to the Irons family and Andy’s friends and family at Billabong, Dakine and Nixon.
The following is the official press release concerning the death of “A.I.”;
Official Statement: HONOLULU - (November 2, 2010) -- The world of surfing mourns an incredibly sad loss today with the news that Hawaii's Andy Irons has died. Andy was a beloved husband, and a true champion. Irons, 32, withdrew from a professional surfing event in Puerto Rico last weekend due to illness and passed away during a layover en-route to his home in Kauai, Hawaii. He had reportedly been battling with dengue fever, a viral disease. At this time the family thanks his friends and fans for their support, and asks that the community respect its privacy. The family also asks to not be contacted so their focus can remain on one another during this time of profound loss.
If you would like to leave comments or condolences to the friends and family of Andy Irons, you can do so through the Billabong and Surfline links found below.