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r e m e m b e r i n g

m y

h e r o

andy irons

(1978-2010)

aloha

p hoto: flind t

1978-2010

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rememberING in loving memory

A.I.

“I am not some bubbly fucking angel who is going to go out and try to be your best friend. I have my friends, and I surf because it’s what I have always loved doing.”

(andy irons) Ph oto: dj strun tz


rememberING masthead

EDITORIAL Editor in Chief travis ferrÉ Badass Editor stuart cornuelle Associate Editor taylor Paul Photo Editor peter taras Associate Photo Editor jimmy wilson Art Director chato aganza Art Director Scott Chenoweth Online Editor jason miller STAFF Photographers Tom Carey, Jeff Flindt, Nate Lawrence, Steve Sherman, DJ Struntz contributing Photographers Pete Frieden, Pat Stacy, Dustin Humphrey


B u bb l y

f u c k i n g a n g e l . Photo: flindt


NG rememberI table of contents

(influencING)

PG. 006

(surfING)

PG. 022

(lovING)

PG. 064

(contendING)

PG. 070

(rememberING)

PG. 100 Fo l l o w

y o u r n o s e . Photo: struntz


rememberING chapter one

Photo: struntz

(influencING)


Wav e : P -P a s s . Tru n k s an d sw o o p : s i g n a t u r e . Photos: struntz


B o s s . Photo: sherman


C h a m p . P h o t o : s h e r ma n

I c o n . Photo: d. hump

S o l d i e r. Photo: flindt


Hands-free. Like

a b l u e t o o t h . Photos: flindt


O c c y , A n d y , Ta h i t i .


T h e l i p i s n ot in the way. T HE LI P I S T HE W AY.

Photo: struntz


Photo: sherman


Photo: she rman


Photo: sherman

“I should probably be a little more mild mannered and not so outspoken at times, but it’s hard to change your personality.” —AI


rememberING chapter two

(surfING) “When I first started surfing, it was just for the pure love of it. It was the ultimate outlet. I wasn’t really good at anything else. It’s something that’s always been there for me.”

Photo: stacy


Inspirations: Martin Potter, Mark Occhilupo, S

sequence: struntz


Shane Dorian and Sunny Garcia


Inspiration:

A n d y I r o n s , I n d o . Photo: d. hump


Immeasurable


D ow n w a r d D o g . N a m a s t e . sequence: frieden


Ta h i t i . sequence: flindt


IN LIVING COVER: Andy’s final cover shot, from SURFING’s October 2010 issue. We asked if he remembered his first.


“For sure,” he replied. “I was 16. Backside snap at Rocky Point. SURFING Magazine.”

T h a n k s A n d y,

fo r m a k i n g o u r j o b s f u n a n d e a s y. Photo: frieden


Close

Closer


Closer

Hi Andy.

sequence: Flindt


Photo: struntz


LEFT BIG TOE.


“Brother Andy, one night, I came to the airport to pick you up for a really big day. We arrived at my house around 1 a.m. Water was splashing my wall. You looked worried, so everyone else did too.

‘How big is it?’ I told you, ‘Enough to get you barrels. And covers of magazines.’” —Raimana van Bastolaer

Photo: flindt


sequence: frieden


A n d y I r o n s , O n e Tr a c k M i n d . Photo: struntz


5 ’ 5 ” x 1 9 1 / 4 ” . . . . . . . . . . R aw I r o n s . . . . . . . . . . M o m e n t u m : U n d e r t h e I n f l u e n c e . . . . . . . . . . C a m p a i g n . . .

we took notes.


. . . . . . . B l u e H o r i z o n . . . . . . . . . . Tr i l o g y. . . . . . . . . . O n e Tr a c k M i n d . . . . . . . . . . H i g h 5 ,

sequence:

frieden


B a l i . Photo: lawrence


Commonly Described As (Al p h a b e t i c a l ) : Aggr e s s i v e E mo t i o n a l Fast Pass i o n a t e Pow e r f u l Punk Ro c k

R aw R ec k l e s s St r o n g

sequence: flindt


The thing about Andy’s surfing was

Photos: struntz


Photo: frieden


it had no setting between Off and Hig h — and when he was around 17,


sequence: flindt


the off switch broke.


“Power s u r f i n g w ill always be legit. I d o n ’ t t h i n k t h e s e k i d s will be d o i n g a i r reverses when they’r e 5 0 , r i g h t ? ”

P ho t o : struntz


Photo: struntz


A n d y I r o n s , P i p e l i n e . Photo: struntz


“ I d o n ’ t w an t t o b e o n e of those guys who says t h e y d o n’ t c a r e . I want to win everything, or I don’t even want to be there.”


A m e n . Photo: struntz


(lovING)

rememberING chapter three

Photo: d. hump


A n d y + L y n d i e . Photo: struntz


sherman

sherman

s truntz

s truntz


Forever young.

Photos: flindt


Andy Irons

fo r p r e s i d e n t . Photo: sherman


rememberING

(contendING)

chapter four


“ I love you.”


Photo: struntz


10! sequence: stacy


Pho t o : s herman

Pho t o : f rieden


Photo: frieden

Photo: frieden

Photo: frieden

Photo: frieden


And h e t hought to himself: “I’ m g o ing to start locking that d o o r . ”

Photo: she rman


sequence: frieden


Any

questions?


sequence: struntz


Once,


twice,

Photo: struntz


three times a France champ.


Photos: struntz


“Would I kill all of your guys’ dreams if I told you that K elly and I are actually friends?”

Brothers

in

A r m s . Photo: sherman


Photo: flindt


“Those titles were my life goal, but I’ve realized getting them is a type of temporary happiness. It would all reset as soon as you got to Snapper the following year. So I’m not the guy who wants to eat you for breakfast anymore when we’re in heats together. That shit will drive you crazy.”


cra zy


Photo: sherman

Photo: frieden


S e p t e m b e r 3, 2 0 1 0 Billabong Pro Teahupo’o, Tahiti ( Tw o

months to

Dallas)

sequence: flindt


One

m o r e t i m e w i t h f e e l i n g . Photos: flindt


all

Ph otos: flindt

“ I d ed ic at e th is w in 1 0 0 % t o my w if e, L y nd ie . S h e i s ev er yt hi ng t o me a n d w it ho ut h er I ’d b e n o t h i n g . I f ee l on t op o f t h e w or ld t od ay .”


R i p C u r l S e a r c h , P u e r t o R i c o . Photo: sherman


(remeberING)

rememberING chapter five


“There ’ s n o t hing that can m a k e i t b e t t e r . You ju s t h a v e to feel it a n d p r o c e s s a l l those m e m o r i es. We’re just b a f f l e d t h a t he’s g o n e . ” —K elly S later


Porta

N o v e m b e r 3, 2010 Rip Curl Search Del Sol, Puerto Rico

all Photos: sherman


Photo: she rman


sunny

Garcia

and

Dustin Barcca.

“I haven’t just lost a frien d, I ’ve lost my brother here. It’s hard to take.” —Mick Fanning F r e d d y P.

and

Melissa.

Photos: flindt

I r o n s F a m i l y.


B l u e r eyes on

Photo: flindt


a b l u e horizon


remember the end

Photo: struntz

Andy Irons: Remembering my Hero  

1978-2010 Andy Irons

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