The surfing world was rocked this week by the loss of Hawaii-born pro Andy Irons, a generational talent and one of Kauai’s favorite sons.
According to a release from Jodi Wilmott of the Vans Triple Crown, Irons was suffering from Dengue fever and, after pulling out of an event in Puerto Rico, died during a layover in Texas on a return trip to the Garden Isle. He was 32.
Irons won three consecutive world titles between 2002 and 2004 along with numerous other awards and events — most recently the Billabong Pro Tahiti earlier this year — and established a friendly but fierce rivalry with fellow icon Kelly Slater.
Irons is survived by his brother Bruce Irons, also a pro surfer, and his pregnant wife.