Andy Irons personal surfboard by JS Industries (2004)

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Andy Iron’s personal surfboard. 6’2 thruster shaped by JS Industries in 2004. Made for the late Andy Irons (1978-2010). 3x consecutive ASP World Champion (2002, 2003, 2005). All original condition. 

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History of Andy Iron’s “The People’s Champion”

Andy Irons‭ ‬was one of the most honored,‭ ‬yet most tragic figures in the surfing world.‭ ‬His character and surfing style out shined everyone but privately,‭ ‬he was struggling with mental illness and drug abuse.‭ ‬The individuals around him describe him as‭ a “‬wild power surfer with a fearless,‭ ‬raw talent.‭”‬

‭ ‬ Andy Irons was born on July‭ ‬24,‭ ‬1978,‭ ‬in Lihue,‭ ‬Hawaii.‭ ‬The son of a carpenter-surfer from California.‭ ‬His father once won a surfing contest and earned a trip to Hawaii, never returning back to the mainland.‭ ‬He quickly infected his son with a passion for surfing.‭ ‬Andy started catching his first waves when he was only‭ ‬8‭ ‬years old.‭ ‬While learning to surf with his brother Bruce,‭ ‬one of the local surfing brands spotted his talent.‭ ‬He was soon flown to Oahu, Hawaii to develop his skills competing on breaks along the North Shore.‭ ‬During the first competition he took part in,‭ ‬he lost to a girl and dropped out of competing for a whole year.‭ ‬Andy bounced back winning both the junior and men‭’‬s division of the‭ ‬1996‭ ‬National Scholastic Surfing Association‭ (‬NSSA‭) ‬championships.‭ ‬His professional career started quickly after winning the HIC Pipeline Pro in‭ solid ‬12 foot Hawaiian surf.‭ ‬Andy was always close to his roots,‭ ‬speaking highly of his family,‭ ‬friends,‭ ‬and wife.‭ ‬Along with his brother,‭ ‬Bruce,‭ ‬he put on‭ “‬The Pines Trees Classic” contest for all the children on Kauai.‭ ‬This event‭ ‬has turned into one of the most famous and well-respected non-profit events in the surf industry.‭ ‬Andy was known for being very competitive and had many rivals,‭ ‬most famous of them being‭ ‬Kelly Slater.‭ ‬Their‭ ‬rivalry became a real‭ ‬deal in‭ ‬2003,‭ ‬as both surfers fought against each other for the ASP world title.‭ ‬In that same year,‭ ‬Andy had‭ ‬beaten‭ ‬Kelly in the final of the Pipeline Masters,‭ ‬making it for many,‭ ‬the‭ ‬very best‭ ‬heat in the history of surfing.

‭ ‬Despite his young age,‭ ‬he was more successful than any of the experienced surfers of the time.‭ ‬His accomplishments include winning three consecutive ASP World Tour titles from‭ ‬2002‭ ‬to‭ ‬2004,‭ ‬conquering‭ ‬20‭ ‬Championship Tour‭ (‬CT‭) ‬events‭ (‬including the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing four times from‭ ‬2002-2006‭)‬,‭ ‬and claiming four Pipeline Masters titles.‭ ‬He is the only surfer to have won a title at every venue on the Association of Surfing Professionals‭ (‬now known as World Surf League‭) ‬calendar.‭ ‬During his life,‭ ‬he made a successful partnership with‭ ‬the brand Billabong,‭ ‬that continues to support his son through the Andy Irons Forever clothing collection.‭ ‬He was inducted into the Surfing Walk of Fame in California in‭ ‬2008.‭ ‬In addition to that,‭ ‬the Governor of Hawaii declared February‭ ‬13th‭ “‬Andy Irons Day‭”‬.‭ ‬Andy Irons struggled with severe opioid addiction and mental illness-‭ ‬depression and bipolar disorder.‭ ‬He had been abusing drugs and was known to struggle with overcoming challenges in his daily life.‭ ‬Sadly, his illness got the best of him.‭ ‬Andy‭ ‬Irons was found unresponsive in a hotel room at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport on November‭ ‬2,‭ ‬2010,‭ ‬after missing a connecting flight to Kauai.‭ ‬He was‭ ‬32‭ ‬years old.‭ ‬The autopsy revealed that he passed away due to a combination of drugs and a heart attack.‭ ‬At this time his wife,‭ ‬Lyndie Irons,‭ ‬was seven months pregnant with the couple‭’‬s first child.‭ ‬Andy never got to meet his son,‭ ‬Axel.‭ ‬Andy Irons will forever be remembered for his unrivaled style of power surfing‭ ‬and for being one of the best tube riders of all time.‭ ‬His life,‭ ‬achievements and reality have been immortalized in a documentary‭ “‬Andy Irons:‭ ‬Kissed by God‭”‬.‭ ‬The Andy Irons Foundation celebrates‭ ‬Andy‭’‬s life and legacy by providing programs for young people struggling with mental illness,‭ ‬and drug abuse.

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