Andy Irons: Kissed by God - A Tribute to the People’s Champ

Posted: Apr 26,2018 Written by  Eric Henderson

Grant Ellis Andy SurfA Surfing Legend - Photo: © Grant Ellis

The release of Andy Irons: Kissed by God has finally been announced, a documentary film that focuses on the untold story of one of the world’s most prolific surfers. Three years in the making, it honors the legacy of Andy Irons and focuses on his struggles with bipolar disorder and opioid addiction. This is a film about a person who lived life to the fullest, at the top of his industry, but did so facing insurmountable internal challenges.

Fellow surfing champion and friend Kelly Slater said, “Andy was an absolutely gifted individual. I am lucky to have known him and had the times we had together. He was the most intense competitor I’ve ever known and one of the most sensitive people.” The new theatrical trailer for the film has already been unveiled, so here it is…

Andy won three World Titles throughout his career and is regarded as “The People’s Champ” around the world, for his blue collar rise to fame and his relatability. Despite all the success, Andy’s personal demons ultimately led to the heartbreaking tragedy that became part of his legacy. Filmmakers Steve and Todd Jones interlace breathtaking cinematography with archival footage and interviews with family, friends, and Andy’s competitors. Andy Irons: Kissed by God spotlights the effect of mental illness on one of the millions who struggle with the disease every day.

Grant Ellis Andy PipemastersAndy won an event at every stop of the CT - Photo: © Grant Ellis

The film features in-depth interviews with Andy’s brother Bruce Irons, his wife Lyndie Irons, Joel Parkinson, Nathan Fletcher, Sunny Garcia and Kelly Slater. “The time to tell Andy’s story is now, not because we want to glorify his life or accomplishments but because Andy wanted to share the truth of his struggles to educate future generations,” said his brother, Bruce Irons. “We wanted to share the whole story – both the struggles and the triumphs – and give intimate insight as to who Andy was as a whole.”

Brian Bielmann Andy SurfWho knows how far his surfing could have gone… - Photo: © Brian Bielmann

Directed by Steve and Todd Jones and released by Teton Gravity Research, the world premiere will take place in Los Angeles on Wednesday, May 2nd. The Los Angeles premiere will be followed by special premiere screenings and events in Hawaii on May 6th and New York on May 10th.

Fans nationwide can now purchase tickets for a one night only exclusive theatrical showing of the film on Thursday, May 31st, presented by Fathom Events. The film will be featured in over 500 theatres in the United States for this very special event. Please visit for more information and ticket availability.

For more information about the film & ticketing head over the Andy Irons: Kissed By God page at Teton Gravity Research.

andy irons poster

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