Andy Irons Paddle Out: Hanalei Bay was small for so many friends

Thousands of Hawaiian surfers gathered at Hanalei Bay for a very special and emotional moment.

To celebrate the life and greatness of Andy Irons is always inspirational. Friends, family, fans and surfing enthusiasts remembered their man. Bruce Irons led the paddle out and the double-hull canoe that carried Andy's wife Lyndie to the circle of all thoughts.

Tears were shed between smiles as the ashes of Andy were released into the sea. At the same time, a helicopter poured flowers from the sky. Watch the video, the video.

In Huntington Beach, Los Angeles, 3000 mourners payed tribute to AI. Reverend Summo, a friend of the Irons family, noted that Andy "was a gift from God, as is the very act of riding waves. He was special to all of us.”

The tributes will not be forgotten and the Andy memories will forever live in every surfer's heart and soul.

There's a tribute photo gallery dedicated to Andy Irons.

Betzy: congratulations, girl

The sun was high at Haleiwa, Hawaii, when the first ever World Miss Reef 2010 was finally crowned.

The Miss Reef contestants came from all over the globe, but there was only one beauty winner. A total of 11 girls joined the classic event in the incredible hot day.

Regional Miss Reef contest winners from the Netherlands, Indonesia, Barbados, Peru, Panama, Argentina and the U.S. awed the judges with a diverse range of exotic beauty, poise and charm.

Watch the final highlights. But the overall winner is Betzida Herrera (4), from Panama. Miss Reef Argentina, Natalia Baccino, took third place, while Miss Reef Peru, Vanessa Tello, took second.

Congratulations to the new World Miss Reef 2010! Betzy won $5000 and a guaranteed spot in the 2012 Miss Reef Calendar.

Watch the 2011 Miss Reef Calendar video.

Al Hunt: not easy watching the others get the best waves

Al Hunt, the "eternal" tour manager of the Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP), has finally reached a personal goal.

He is about to reach the 1000th IPS/ASP sanctioned event. The mark will be conquered after the Reef Hawaiian Pro and Cholos Women’s Pro, which means the O'Neill World Cup or the Gidget Pro.

The historic ASP Tour Manager has attended the following surfing events:

Junior: 39
Longboard: 68
Women WT: 154
Women Star: 156
Men WT: 141
Men Star: 354
Spec: 87

That's a total of 999 surfing events.