Andy Irons: everything will be alright, mate

The Andy Irons' autopsy report will not be released until the 20th May. The Texas court approved Lyndie Irons' petition to delay it, as "intense news frenzy" and "innuendo of drug use" might detract the husband's right to respect.

Also, Lyndie believes delaying the autopsy findings will allow a more accurate research and report from the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention

Andy Irons is a winning brand. The pro surfer was a great competitor, an incredible family man and a joyful friend. does not agree with the public release of the autopsy report and won't publish any final result. Andy and his family have right to privacy and respect for their memories and lives and that type of information doesn't add anything to his legacy.

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Andy Irons has passed away and a trust fund has been set up to assist his family, which includes widow Lyndie Irons and infant son, Andy Axel Irons, born 8th December.

"We all know how much of a special person Andy Irons was and how he touched our lives. He was a leader in our sport but most of all was a great friend that had a huge heart. Lyndie gave birth to their little boy on 8 December", says Mick Fanning, one of the surfers boosting this new trust fund.

"Lets show our love once again by helping a family member of our surfing community. Your love and support is greatly appreciated", completes the Australian pro surfer. In the next two years, Lyndie will have to take care of our little boy and won't have enough time to pursue a full-time career that would generate income.

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Jordy Smith: spray maker

The Association of Surfing Professionals has announced the final version of the newly-instated ASP World Rankings system. "We have always maintained that 2010 was a bridge season and our target was to re-evaluate at year’s end and discuss appropriate alterations moving forward,” Brodie Carr, ASP International CEO, said.

“The ASP Tech Comm has met and discussed the points’ structure at length, taking into account the performance of our athletes this season. With some minor tweaking, we have creating a more dynamic and rewarding structure for surfers starting next season.”

The result of the meetings between surfers and competition executives underlined a few relevant questions:

1. Maintaining and enhancing the race for the undisputed ASP World Champion.
2. Rewarding winning, and recognizing where/when performance gaps may take place.
3. Creating enough opportunities for ASP PRIME surfers to qualify for the ASP World Tour, and for ASP Star surfers to get into ASP PRIME events. A necessity to increase the points for ASP PRIME and ASP Star events.

“Performance gaps have been identified as the threshold just below a 'keeper' result, and areas where surfers are performing at the highest level in terms of format and difficulty,” Renato Hickel, ASP World Tour Manager, said. “A specific breakdown on the levels are as follows.”

Performance gaps were noted in the following areas:
- On the ASP World Tour level, after Equal 13th place
- At the ASP PRIME level, after Equal 13th place
- At the ASP 6-Star level, after Equal 9th place

ASP World Tour-specific Notes:
- World Tour 13th place kept at previous years 17th place
- 9th place points have increased by 250
- 5th place points have decreased by 50

ASP PRIME-specific Notes:
- ASP International has added five PRIME events to the schedule in 2011, and $1.1 Million in Prize Money
- Increase in overall point pool by 70% in opportunity
- Points have increased for key performance positions in PRIMES (refer to table)
- Change of the format to mirror the ASP World Tour format from the Round of 24 onward
- As such, we have identified a performance gap above 13th place
- A PRIME win equals an ASP World Tour 3rd place

ASP 6-Star-specific Notes:
- Rewarding individuals who make the Quarterfinals onward
- Rewarding the winners of the 6-Stars

The Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast will open up the 2011 ASP World Tour season utilizing the world-renowned breaks of Australia’s Gold Coast from February 26 to March 9, 2011.