Posted: Oct 24,2011 Written by  Mike Reynolds

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Photo: Joe Guagliardo

Andy Irons 1978-2010 | We here at TheSurfersView were dismayed to learn that 3x World Champ, Andy Irons (32) passed away due to Dengue Fever.

Irons was a force to be reckoned with in the water with seemingly boundless talent and bravado in everything from 2ft beachbreak to 30ft beasts. While he was always one of the best natural talents in the sport and respected by everyone including Kelly Slater, it took Irons several years in the beginning of his career to hone his contest act. But a new focus founded on the love of the woman who’d become his wife resulted in an unmatched dominance that included three consecutive world titles (2002, 2003, 2004), four Triple Crowns (2002, 2003, 2005, 2006) and four Pipe Masters (2002, 2003, 2005, 2006). His battles with Slater during these years will go down as perhaps the best ever in the sport, trumping even those of Occy/Tom Curren or Mark Richards/Cheyne Horan. He took it directly to Slater in every match-up and was the only surfer in Slater’s era to get the better of the 9x World Champ on more than a few occasions.

Irons’ surfing can best be summed up as “balls to the wall”. Motivated by a life-long rivalry with his younger brother, Bruce, he pushed over ledges that would make most pros, let alone everyday surfers, think twice. While his Pipe act is legendary, I thought Teahupoo fit his style and go-for-it attitude best. You Tube his 2007 side-slip down a ‘Chopes bomb and you’ll see a glimpse of where talent hesitates and pure, unadulterated natural ability takes over.

Andy Irons leaves behind his wife, Lyndie (pregnant with their first child), his parents, his brother Bruce and a world full of fans who will be forever inspired by his raw, breath-taking surfing.

Updates will be provided as more is learned.

-Mike Reynolds