A collection of ageless clips of Bruce, Axel, and Andy Irons
Andy Irons one of the greatest surfers of all time, passed away on November 2nd while traveling back to his beloved Ile of Kauai. Only 32 years old, he had in that short time put his mark on the world of surfing forever. When Andy Irons won his third World Professional Surfing Championship he joined a rare trio of legends whose impact has dominated competitive surfing for the last 3 decades. Only Mark Richards, Tom Curren and Kelly Slater share that achievement, and they have arguably been the most influential surfers in modern history. It is an unforgettable legacy.
Bruce Irons is also a professional surfer and younger brother of 3x world champion Andy Irons. Best known for his radical aerial maneuvers and fearless tuberiding abilities, he claims he will surf any wave on the planet. After placing 2nd in 1998 and 3rd in 2000, he defeated 11x world champion Kelly Slater to win the 2001 Pipe Masters event. On October 3, 2004 after qualifying for the World championship tour, he again defeated the 7x champion in the semifinals at the Association of Surfing Professionals Quiksilver Pro France event, only to lose to his older brother in the final. After December 15, 2004, Bruce won the Quiksilver in Memory of Eddie Aikau event in waves that exceeded 40ft (12m) at O’ahu’s Waimea Bay and soon after, he dazzled crowds by making the final and placing fourth in the Pipe Masters, barely re-qualifying for the 2005 tour.
Both brothers will always be remembered as legends among the surfing community and I’m sure we will see a lot more from Bruce in the years to come and no doubt young Andy Axel Irons will follow in his families footsteps.