3X World Champion Andy Irons personal signed surfboard by JS Industries (early 2000s)

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3X World Champion Andy Irons personal signed surfboard. JS Industries 5’11 squash tail thruster with glass-on fins. The late Andy Irons (1978-2010) was the 3-time consecutive ASP World Champion of Surfing in 2002, 2003, and 2004. Irons is undoubtedly one of the greatest surfers to ever live. Andy tragically passed away in 2010 at just 32 years old. Watch Andy Irons: Kissed by God, the famous documentary depicting the life of Andy Irons. Ride or display this prized word champion personal surfboard.

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History of Andy Irons: “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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