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.

Celebrating Andy Irons's life and greatness 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 Andy's ashes were released into the sea. At the same time, a helicopter poured flowers from the sky.

In Huntington Beach, Los Angeles, 3000 mourners paid 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 Andy's memories will forever live in every surfer's heart and soul.

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

Top Stories

I'm now making a surfing video game called "Surfers Code," but I probably shouldn't be.

It's hard to find a secluded surf break these days. But when it seems impossible to be alone and surf with your thoughts, magic happens.

He's one of the legends of surfing history who passed away too soon. Sion Milosky was 35 when he rode his final wave.

There are many ways to ride a wave using surprisingly more surf craft than one could imagine. But can the Laser Olympic sailboat do it?