• How I Remember Andy... by Kelly Slater

If we learn anything, let it be that the positive impact of Andy and all our friends who are gone brings us closer to the ones and the things that we love right here, right now. Photo: Tupat/Patrick Eichstaedt

I've been asked for many opinions and interviews about Andy Irons and the situations and decisions that lead to his early departure from our world. It's not something I take lightly. I have my own opinions about not only Andy's choices and how he ultimately got to the place he did, but also about the way these things are handled from all sides of the story. But what is right? And whose opinions actually matter other than those of his family and closest friends about who they knew and how they feel inside? What is it that each of us hopes to take away from the Andy Irons story? And what is it that we want to give to the story of his life?

I dealt, in a strange way, with the death of my own father through Andy.