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Three time ASP World surfing champion Andy Irons passes away

November 3rd, 2010

Former three-time ASP World Champion Andy Irons (HAW), 32, in action at Teahupoo in Tahiti, the venue for his last event victory in August and one of his favourite waves. Credit: Steve Robertson

Three-time ASP World surfing champion, Andy Irons, 32, from Hawaii, passed away yesterday en-route from Puerto Rico to his home on Kauai from complications due to illness, thought to be Dengue fever.

Irons, whose failure to appear for his Round 1 heat in the Rip Curl Search event in Puerto Rico caused consternation on Saturday, withdrew from the event on Sunday, citing an illness he had contracted at the previous stop on the ASP World Tour in Portugal.

He checked into a hotel in Dallas, Texas, on Monday and was found dead in his room by hotel staff the next morning.

Renowned for his incredible ability in all types of surf, but particularly in big, hollow waves such as those in Hawaii and Tahiti, Irons began his career on the elite ASP World Tour in 1998 and went on to collect 20 elite tour victories, four Hawaiian Triple Crown of Surfing titles, three consecutive ASP World titles (2002-2004) and changed the sport forever with his unparalleled approach to surfing.
 
Well known in South Africa for his titanic tussles at Supertubes in Jeffreys Bay with local wildcard Sean Holmes, Irons’ victory there in 2004 and his part in one of the most dramatic finals in ASP World Tour history with nine-time ASP World Champion Kelly Slater (USA) in 2005 are part of surfing folklore.

Back in the competitive mix after taking a one year sabbatical from the ASP World Tour in 2009, Irons won Stop No. 5 of 10 at Teahupoo in Tahiti, one of his favourite waves, in August. He also featured in numerous films and videos, including Blue Horizon and Trilogy, and his passing will be mourned by the entire global surfing community.

Irons is survived by his wife Lyndie Dupuis, who is due to give birth to their first child, a boy, next month.

Official Irons Family Statement:
The world of surfing mourns an incredibly sad loss today with the news that Hawaii’s Andy Irons has died. Andy was a beloved husband, and a true champion.
 
Irons, 32, withdrew from a professional surfing event in Puerto Rico last weekend due to illness, and passed away during a layover en-route to his home in Kauai, Hawaii. He had reportedly been battling with Dengue Fever, a viral disease.
 
At this time the family thanks his friends and fans for their support, and asks that the community respect its privacy. The family also asks to not be contacted so their focus can remain on one another during this time of profound loss.
 
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