#AIForever - Happy Birthday Andy Irons
On July 23, 1978 the world was given the gift of Andy Irons. His spirit, skills and pure stoke combined to take over Kelly Slater's throne and win 3 consecutive World Titles. Today on his birthday we look back on the legacy of AI, and enjoy his presence through pixels and videos.
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Andy loved backside barrels, and backside barrels loved Andy.
AI's performance in Trilogy set a precedent for modern day power surfing.
The AI and Kelly rivalry was one of the most beloved competitive stories in surfing's history. But at the end of the day, they were just two stoked surfers with a lot of respect for each other. Photo: Brian Bielmann
AI could get barreled for days on end, and often would.
Didn't matter if the waves had a 10 foot face or a 3 foot face, Andy attacked every wave with relentless passion. Photo: Brian Bielmann
Andy once said, "it's all about the feeling I get from riding that wave." The waves probably enjoyed his effort too. Photo: Brian Bielmann
Andy didn't care about competition when Lyndie was by his side, everything was fun with her around. Photo: Brian Bielmann
Andy Irons, Teahupoo, no-hands backside barrel. Yes, he made it. Photo: Brian Bielmann
Every surfer on earth wanted AI to win in Tahiti in 2010, and he delivered. Photo: Brian Bielmann
The Rising Sun boardshorts became instant classics only because AI was the rider who wore them the most...
...and showed the sun to the world any way he could.
Andy and Bruce, telling the story behind the wave.