Thursday, February 13, 2014
Updated: Friday, February 14, 2014
Andy Irons, full flight in Jeffreys Bay. He was a man apart in terms of style and approach.
Full velocity lines at Uluwatu for the Rip Curl Pro Search Indonesia.
Younger brother Bruce (pictured) was a major driving force in Andy's development into one of the greatest surfers of all time.
Destroying waves at Johanna Beach en route to a Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach title.
Unconventional and fearless lines in serious conditions at La Graviere during the Quiksilver Pro France.
Lion focus in the lineup was a key component of Andy's success at surfing's elite level.
Full confidence and style to burn in France.
Reckless abandon in approach and fearlessness can yield major results in professional surfing, but it comes with paying one's dues.
Maiden ASP World Title in 2002...nothing could be sweeter. The beginning of the Irons Dynasty.A
Applying ASP World Champion credentials at Cloudbreak.
Full form and flair at the Rip Curl Pro Search Mexico. Andy's power was unmatched amongst the world's best surfers.
Shotgun claim against Dean "Dingo" Morrison in Tahiti (what Andy didn't realize was that Dean had won the heat...whoops).
However, the confidence was completely warranted in Tahiti. At Teahupo'o, Irons was untouchable.
Heavy lies the crown.
Surveying his domain at the Banzai Pipeline.
When Andy rejoined the world's elite in 2010, the pressure to challenge for the title was off. Irons relaxed and enjoyed being back amongst his peers.
The Kauaian's legendary rivalry with now-11-time ASP World Champion Kelly Slater thawed and the two reminisced on past battles with enjoyment.
Irons with his beautiful wife Lyndie.
Fielding questions from the media in Jeffreys Bay.
The high point of his 2010 season was a win at the Billabong Pro Tahiti, reasserting himself as the premiere surfer out at Teahupo'o.
Elation post Final at the Billabong Pro Tahiti, 2010.
Kauaian Lion doing Hawaii proud.
Andy Irons passed away on November 2, 2010. The world's best surfers celebrated his life with a paddle out at Middles the following day - the tour was in town for the Rip Curl Pro Puerto Rico.
Andy Irons (1978 - 2010). Gone but never forgotten.