Surfer Andy Irons took the title at the Billabong Pro Tahiti earlier this weekend, winning his first ASP event in more than three years. Irons defeated CJ Hobgood during a set of 3-4 foot waves in the finals to take the crown.
"I did it!" Irons exclaimed. "I dedicate this win 100% to my wife, Lindy, she is everything to me and without her, I’d be nothing," Irons said. "I really, really like competing because I love to win and I feel on top of the world today. I surf because I love to win. I love this feeling."
Irons moved up to seventh place in the ASP, while Kelly Slater moved up to second place behind Jordy Smith.
“I’m up there pretty close,” Slater said on Billabongpro.com. “Going all the way to J-Bay and getting 17th makes me wish I had stayed home. You lose confidence and waste time on planes. That’s the way it goes – you have good events and bad events. This one has been pretty good though. The waves haven’t been good, but we’ve seen a lot of cool things. We’ve seen the young guys really step up and we’ve seen Andy (Irons) come back and put one together.”