Andy Irons: still looking out for us

Andy Irons has left the world of surfing 365 days ago. The iconic Hawaiian champion lost his life on the 2nd November 2010, when the Rip Curl Pro Search Puerto Rico was up and running.

Pro surfers, family, friends and the entire world surfing community were in state of shock. The wild rider who never lost his smile was leaving earlier.

Philip Andrew "Andy" Irons was born on the 24th July, 1978, in Oahu, Hawaii. The only surfer to have won a title in every venue of the ASP World Tour passed away with only 32 years, but his legacy won't be forgotten.

Kelly Slater believes Andy Irons has pushed him forward. Irons was some kind of inspirational opponent and even disputed harsh battles with the East Coast surfer.

After a fierce rivalry and sharp words, a mutual respect was settled forever. Andy Irons has had a fantastic surfing career and took three world surfing titles in 2002, 2003 and 2004.

The tears and the memories are still pouring. Meanwhile, the 13th February will forever be the "Andy Irons Day", as declared by the Governor of Hawaii. Read the most famous Andy Irons' quotes.

Andy Irons died a natural death. He had a cardiac arrest due to a severe blockage of a main artery of the heart. His last waves were surfed at the Rip Curl Pro Portugal, where he showed his best smiles and companionship to everyone around in Peniche.

More about Andy Irons:

Andy Irons dies at 32 years old
A tribute to Andy Irons
Thousands remember Andy Irons at Hanalei Bay
Pouring the ashes of Andy Irons
Andy Irons died a natural death
Andy Irons: the King of Teahupoo

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