Philip Andrew Irons July 24, 1978 2, 2010 was a professional surfer. Irons learned to surf on the dangerous and shallow reefs of the North Shore in Oahu, Hawaii. Over the course of his professional career, he won three world titles 2002, 2003, 2004, three Quiksilver Pro France titles 2003, 2004, 2005 Rip Curl Pro Search titles 2006 and 2007 and 20 elite tour victories including the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing four times from 2002-2006. On September 3, 2010 he won the Billabong Pro in Tahiti. He and his family hosted the Annual Irons Brothers Pinetrees Classic, a contest for youngsters. The Governor of Hawaii declared February 13 forever "Andy Irons Day". He is the only surfer to have won a title at every venue on the ASP calenda
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His younger brother, Bruce Irons, is a former competitor on the World Championship Tour of Surfing WCT his childhood Andy regularly lost to Bruce in contests, but that changed once he entered the World Championship Tour.
In 2009, Irons withdrew from doing the full ASP World Tour season for personal reasons, though he did participate in a few events. He requested a wildcard entry for the 2010 ASP World Tour season, which was granted by ASP President Wayne Bartholomew. As a result, Irons did not have to re-qualify in 2010 via the World Qualifying Series Irons won the Billabong Pro Tahiti 2010
He was inducted into the Surfing Walk of Fame in Huntington Beach, California in 2008
Billabong produced an "Andy Irons" line of board shorts.
Irons died on November 2, 2010; according to The Association of Surfing Professionals, "he had reportedly been battling with dengue fever, a viral diseas It is believed that this may be linked to his death. Professor Robert Booy, an infectious disease academic, however, was suspicious of this, saying that dengue fever deaths are rare. Investigators have ruled out foul play as a cause but are currently waiting on toxicology reportsHe was found lying in bed on his back with the sheets pulled up to his chin, by two hotel staff after he had failed to respond to knock on the door and they went in to investigate.
In response to Iron's death, a World Championship Tour event in Puerto Rico was postponed for two days with competitors holding a "paddle out" memorial service for IronsIrons had withdrawn from the event citing ill health and was flying back to his home in Hawaii before dying during a stopover in Dallas, Texas.He had reportedly stopped in Miami after leaving Puerto Rico and early reports said he was put on a saline drip. Later reports suggest he went to South Beach to partyHe was reported to have been vomiting on the Hawaii bound plane before being removed prior to take-offIn the days immediately following his death it was reported that, in Dallas, an extremely ill Irons had attempted to board his connecting flight to Honolulu at 11:30 a.m. but was turned away at an American Airlines gate a claim the company denies.
Local officials said the cause of death was not immediately known but Hawaii's Star Advertiser reported that his death was being investigated as a possible overdose of methadone, citing information provided by the Tarrant County Medical Examiner's Office Irons was diagnosed at one point with sleep apnea. A toxicologist said combining methadone with that condition could be risky According to the official police report Alprazolam and Zolpidem were found in Irons' hotel room. Despite many rumors that methadone was also found in his room, the official police report does not confirm that theory
A memorial service was held November 14 in Hanalei Bay, Kauai. His wife Lyndie and brother Bruce, scattered his ashes outside Hanalei Bay where thousands of family, friends and admirers said their last goodbyes
Rival surfer and friend Kelly Slater dedicated his November 6, 2010 victory to Irons. "I just want to send my condolences to Andy's family," Slater said. "I'm a little overwhelmed right now but I want to dedicate this to Andy... It's like exact opposites. This doesn't really offset that, I'd give this title away in a second if Andy could come back
Andy Irons' widow has temporarity stopped the release of the toxicology report in connection with her husband's death. Lyndie Irons, in papers filed with a Texas court, states that releasing the toxicology report would would cause her and her son to "suffer immediate and irrevocable harm in that the branding value of Andy Irons would be greatly diminished as a result of the intense news frenzy". The temporary injunction keeps the results a secret until May 20.
Irons married Lyndie Dupuis on November 25, 2007 in Princeville, Kauai. She was seven months pregnant with their first child at the time of his death gave birth to their son, a healthy boy, Andrew Axle Irons, in Kauai on the opening day of the Pipeline Masters in Memory of Andy Irons, December 8, 2010
The 2004 movie Blue Horizon directed by surfing filmmaker Jack McCoy his life on the WCT tour with that of free surfer, David Rastovich. The film also touched on his long-time rivalry with ten-time world champion Kelly Slater Although the film was created in a documentary-like style, there has been some debate over whether or not the film offered an accurate and fair portrayal of Irons' surfing lifestyle. In addition to "Blue Horizon", Irons was also a subject of many other surf films, including his screen appearance in Trilogy, which starred himself, Joel Parkinson, and Taj Burrow. Rivalry with Kelly Slater
Irons had a much-publicized, and, according to him, over-hyped, rivalry with fellow professional surfer Kelly SlaterIn an interview, Irons said:
For me, just being affiliated with Kelly to be next to him--I mean, that's awesome. He's the ultimate surfer. He's the best surfer in the world. Ever. Best competitive, best free surfer, you name it, and to have my name put next to his everywhere really is flattering. He's the Michael Jordan of our sport. Kelly knows how I feel about him. Despite all the media hype that comes out of a rivalry there's a lot of respect given both ways. People don't realize there are times when we hang out. We'll go check the waves together. We talk about boards. He invited me personally to his contest on Tavarua. There's a ton of respect there