Surfers Paddle Out for Andy Irons
Credit:© ASP / CESTARI
The ASP and Rip Curl decided to cancel today's Rip Curl Pro Search Puerto Rico, postponing the next round until Friday, November 5. Instead, competitors paddled out in memory of three-time ASP champ Andy Irons.
A number of surfers shared their thoughts on Irons.
“My thoughts are with Bruce and Lyndie and their parents and all of his many friends around the world,” Slater said. “It's a huge and far too premature loss for all of us. He was the most intense competitor I've ever known and one of the most sensitive people. He had so much life left in him and it hurts to think about. We look forward to his memory living on with our memories of him and his child on the way. There are a lot of uncles awaiting his arrival. I really miss Andy. He had a really good heart.”
“It was good having the paddle-out, getting everyone together,” Fanning said. “We're a surfing family. We all look out for each other. Just for us to paddle out and show our respects to Andy, to his family, to all his friends on Kauai and Hawaii – it's good. We are all hurting right now and we're just wanting to pay our respects.”
“I think that the biggest thing is that we're thankful for so much,” Hobgood said. “I'm thankful to be a surfer because we are family and I'm thankful to be a part of Andy's family. I've traveled with him since I was 12 years old. Just the person that he was, it made me a better person. It made everyone around him a better person.”
— C.J. Hobgood
“We didn't see the guys that often on Tour, but Andy in particular is one of the most beautiful human-beings,” Gilmore said. “Such an incredible competitor, but always so gentle and so kind. Always gave you the time of day. No matter where you were or how busy he was, he'd stop and say hi and ask how you were going. He's going to be really really missed by everyone.”