Bruce Irons: the winner of the 2004 Quiksilver in Memory of Eddie Aikau has a history with drug abuse | Photo: Sloane/WSL

Bruce Irons has been arrested in Newport Beach, California.

On Thursday, November 22, at 8 am, on East Coast Highway, Corona del Mar, the owner of a gas station found Bruce passed out at the wheel of a running vehicle in the parking lot and called the police.

When the authorities arrived one hour later, an officer knocked on his car window and woke him up. The Hawaiian surfer was detained for driving under the influence (DUI) of drugs.

The public records released by the Newport Beach Police Department reveal that the 39-year-old pro surfer was also in possession of a controlled substance without a prescription.

Irons, who was driving without a valid driver's license, had his bail set at $2,500.

Citizens convicted of DUI in Newport Beach for the first time can expect to be sentenced to between 48 hours and six months in jail - even though that is almost always suspendable - three years or more of probation and a six-month driver's license suspension.

If convicted of a DUI driving offense, a citizen must also enroll in a California DUI School.

Bruce Irons was born in Hanalei, Kauai, Hawaii. The regular footer won the 2001 Billabong Pipeline Masters, the 2004 Quiksilver in Memory of Eddie Aikau, and the 2008 Rip Curl Pro Search Uluwatu.

He is often considered one of the best tube riders in the world and one of the greatest Pipeline riders of all time.

His brother Andy Irons passed away on November 2, 2010. The official cause of death was reported to be a cardiac arrest caused by an "acute mixed drug ingestion." He was 32-years-old.

In the documentary "Andy Irons: Kissed by God," Bruce speaks openly about his past relationship with drugs, alcohol, and substance abuse.

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