Bruce Irons: the Hawaiian surfer has been struggling with mental health issues since his brother died in 2010 | Photo: WSL

Bruce Irons embarked on a transformative health trial at Beond Ibogaine, a specialized clinic in Cancún, Mexico, where he is exploring the potential of ibogaine-assisted therapy.

Ibogaine is a naturally occurring psychedelic substance derived from the iboga shrub, traditionally used in West African healing rituals.

In recent years, it has gained attention for its potential to treat addiction and mental health issues like depression, anxiety, and PTSD.

Irons' decision to undergo this follows a long battle with mental health issues, fueled by the tragic loss of his brother and three-time world champion, Andy Irons, who also battled inner demons.

The Beond Ibogaine program combines ibogaine treatment with various "adjunct therapies," including cold therapy, meditation, sound healing, art therapy, movement, and massage.

This holistic approach aims to support patients as they work through the powerful and introspective experience induced by ibogaine.

In a video message, Irons described the Mexican clinic as a place of "open arms" and understanding, as opposed to his perception of traditional Western medicine and rehab facilities.

The winner of the 2001 Pipe Masters and the 2004 Eddie Aikau Invitational underlined the clinic's success rates and the genuine care provided by the staff.

The will to get better and overcome his mental health issues was inspired by his brother Andy.

"My brother was a world champion. He's the baddest motherf***er that ever lived, and I'm doing this for him and all my other fallen brothers and friends who died," says Irons in the video.

Psychedelic Plant Medicine Against Mental Health Issues

Both ups and downs and mental health struggles, including depression and drug use, have punctuated Bruce's life.

In the video released by the Mexican health treatment center, the Hawaiian highlights the effectiveness of the ibogaine treatment provided, which allows individuals to reach into their minds and visions, facilitating profound personal insights and growth.

Bruce stresses the importance of putting in the work and being honest with oneself during the healing process he chose to embrace.

"It doesn't matter what your current state is, how bad it is, how worse it is," added the pro surfer.

"It always can get worse, and there's always someone that's looking a little shittier, but when I came to this place, it's basically with open arms, no judgment, resentment, nothing."

It's important to note that ibogaine is a powerful drug with potential risks, and its use remains controversial.

It is currently illegal to use therapeutically in the United States.

Bruce Irons, 44, feels he can still shine in Hawaii's most challenging waves.

"I still feel like I got one win in me left. Or two. One more Pipe Masters, one more Eddie. Let's do it. I'm f***ing going for it."

Words by Luís MP | Founder of

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