Andy Irons

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23, Andy Irons, Rulon

by Pete Johnson

“I’m going to requalify. I’m totally amped.”

“Surfing’s my whole life right now. When I’m not surfing, I’m watching surf movies and getting ready for the next swell.”

“It’s getting kind of boring watching the same turns all the way to the beach. I think they could spice it up by scoring one or two big moves and scoring airs higher.”[IMAGE 1]

“Making the 44 was a huge accomplishment for me. I was really proud of myself for making that.”

“On Bruce: He’s a natural talent. He’s one of my favorite people to watch surf. I’d be stoked to see him on the top 44.”

In the 80s, most guys on the ASP tour were going crazy. They traveled the world and raged every chance they got. The stories were legendary, and there was a new one for every night on the tour. During the early 90s, however, things changed and the tour was getting all serious and stuffy. People still got wild, but nothing close to the 80s.

In 1997, one thing changed the tour¿Andy Irons was on it. Not that Andy is some kind of party freak, he just loves to have fun (when you travel the world with a fat bankroll, fun comes easy). The nightlife on tour got crazy again, and the surfing on the beach was out of hand. Andy came into California that year and destroyed everyone at the U.S. Open and the Gotcha Pro, winning both events and subsequently, the hardcore celebrating followed. Towards the end of the tour, Andy seemed withdrawn and was tired of the whole thing. After the dust settled, everyone had the same question: What happened to Andy? Had the parties caught up to him? Was he tired? Did he meet a lady? Did he just give up?

Regardless of what you’ve heard, Andy is surfing and feeling better than ever. He’s off the tour and on a mission to go beserk. This year should prove very interesting for Andy, one of the most raw and technical surfers on the planet.¿C.C.

 

TWS: Andy, a lot of people want to know what your contest plans are as far as the W.Q.S. and the W.C.T.

Andy: I’m going to requalify. I’m totally amped. I just had to take a little break. I had a bad year. It was good to go home to Kaua’i and recharge myself. This year I’m going to do as many Q.S.s as I can.

If I don’t qualify this year, I’ll try again next year.

Do you think it will be easier to qualify for the second time?

No. The first time I did it, it was all a blur. I was just having so much fun. I made a lot of heats and qualified for the W.C.T. It was a dream come true. I think it’ll be a little harder this time.

Do you think girlfriends help or hinder your surfing?

They can help or hinder, as long as they give you your space and know that surfing’s my job and that’s what I’ve got to do. And no Tittas¿can’t be dealing with snap Tittas. They’re too radical laughter.

Describe the perfect girl in five words or less.

Laughing Hey, I’ve got a girlfriend.

Well, describe her.

Easy-going, hot, and enjoys surfing.

Do you have any hobbies and interests outside of surfing?

Surfing’s my whole life right now. When I’m not surfing, I’m watching surf movies and getting ready for the next swell.[IMAGE 2]

What’s the funniest thing that’s ever happened to you in the water?

Down in Indo, this one guy kept calling me Cory Lopez and Cory was right next to me. I kept pointing to Cory, but the guy didn’t get it and called me Cory the whole trip. He was pretty stupid.

Do you believe in UFOs?

Definitely. I hope there’s something out there. It’d be too boring if it was only us.

What kind of car are you driving?

A Toyota Tacoma.

What do you think about body boarders?

They suck¿dick-draggers.

Which contest sites are your favorite?

I like all the reef breaks¿Margaret River, Reunion Island, all the good wave spots.

Who’s the crew you used to travel with on tour?

I traveled a lot with Kalani Robb, and with Coory and Shea Lopez.  

Who do you think you’re going to be traveling with now?

Probably my brother this year. I’ll try to help keep him motivated while doing the QS. He’ll motivate me and help keep it competitive.

What do you think could help improve the professional surfing tour?

The criteria could use a little work. It’s getting kind of boring watching the same turns all the way to the beach. I think they could spice it up by scoring one or two big moves and scoring airs higher.

What parts of the WCT are you going to miss?

I’m going to miss Kirra, Burleigh Heads, and Tavarua.[IMAGE 3]

What do you think your biggest accomplishment in life or surfing is?

Making the 44 was a huge accomplishment for me. I was really proud of myself for making that. I don’t know¿just being happy.

You seem to have mellowed out a little from last year. Is there any reason why?

I don’t know, I’m getting older. I’m 2l now laughter. The grom phase is over. I’m starting to become a young man now¿hopefully.

We hear a lot about you and your brother being competitive¿fighting, etcetera. Now that you’re a little older, what’s your relationship with Bruce like?

We try not to talk to each other too much, that way it doesn’t get too irritating¿less friction. He’s grown up a lot¿we’ve both grown up a lot. He’s my little brother. We keep it family.

If you could control what happens to your brother in the next five years, what would you want for him?

I’d like to see him on the (WCT) top 44. I know he could beat a lot of people up there. He’s a natural talent. He’s one of my favorite people to watch surf. I’d be stoked to see him on the top 44.

Where do you see yourself when you’re 40?

Fat and on the couch. I’ll have maybe five kids and will be surfing Hanalei all the time, happy as ever, hopefully.

What is it about guys from Kaua’i who always give that answer? Are there a few good role models over there who’re fat, happy, and surfing Hanalei?

Laughing I don’t know, it just seems like a good lifestyle¿all comfy, you’ve got a lot of extra meat for the cold days.