US Open: The Coolest Thing I Saw

posted by / Blogs / July 26, 2013

Kelly Slater and Lyndie Irons. Photo: Jimmicane
Kelly Slater and Lyndie Irons. Photo: Jimmicane

 

US Open of SURFING

On Tuesday, July 24, 2013, Andy Irons would have been 35. Remembering Andy on that morning, his widow, Lyndie, posted a photo of him holding an armful of roses. She wrote, “…this was taken on one of his birthdays at the US Open and he bought me all these roses. I’m actually going to this bar tonight to celebrate…”

That bar was the Pope’s Living Room, an establishment where Andy spent many birthdays that coincided with the US Open. On Tuesday night the place was filled to the brim with surfers from around the world, but mostly Hawaii. The entire Ho family was there. Keala Kennelly, Dylan Goodale, Kala Alexander, Kelly Slater, Cory Lopez, Brian Toth, the Hobgoods and so many more came to remember Andy. Drinks were drunk and laughs were had, but very little eye contact was made. Everyone spoke while craning their necks upwards, eyes glazed over in a trance, “Yeah…I’m staying at…the Shorebreak…” That’s because the TVs that lined the bar had a Youtube playlist streaming hours of Andy highlights. You couldn’t look away and everyone was reminded that, to this day, Andy’s surfing was the most raw and entertaining in the world. A rare surfer that conveyed emotion in his movements. It was a beautiful thing to celebrate with his family, friends and fans.

Later in the evening, after Billabong’s Mike Wallace and Lyndie stood atop the bar and led the crowd in a blaring Happy Birthday song, the same woman that had sold roses to Andy so many years ago, entered the bar. And once again, Lyndie was left holding an armful of roses from Andy.

—Taylor Paul

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16 Responses to “US Open: The Coolest Thing I Saw”

  1. Michael says:

    Kelly Slater disgusts me.

  2. matt trouts says:

    Both Kelly and Lyndie are pure class

    AI Forever!!

  3. Steve says:

    Michael you are a tool

  4. rj says:

    why Michael??

  5. Seabass says:

    If you enjoy putting your board on rail and getting barreled… AI is the best!!! P.S. I’m Floridian

  6. letgo says:

    It’s nice, these memorials to Andy. I just can’t help but wonder, though: at what point is the surfing world gonna ease up on the constant AI tributes and let his still-grieving widow find some closure and move on with her life? Must be pretty damn hard for Lyndie, seeing Andy’s face and hearing his name all the f-ing time.

  7. noel says:

    @ letgo
    same thoughts man. I think it´s pretty damn hard for lyndie… Also that she must be “that” widow, who shall rember AI everyday and never find somebody else..

  8. plump blumpkin says:

    AI forever…

  9. Steve says:

    Spot on let go. We got a big poster of andy in our town and he not even alive anymore

  10. Brian says:

    These are good points well made, but she does, seemingly by choice, remain in the surf media spotlight by being around the events and posting stuff on social media. Not a criticism, she can grieve however she chooses and maybe right now she chooses to keep the memory alive.

  11. Michael says:

    Check out Kelly pimping Andy’s girlfriend.

  12. DOMA says:

    BONG MONEY Dumbazzes, Pimping his kid to billabong is the biggest tragedy of all

  13. Ji says:

    By age 21, I had [hob-nobbed?] and was dragged, all over the place everywhere, to C.D.L. to That address because I had a caste problem or some sort. I needed to pass with a circle at [Red-rum?] at town. I drove a clunky car, fuel-efficient, nearby, where I used to rent. I caught a scene [which is not to interrupt that] for I was going to get There! I looked that direction and that actor sexed with porn model had resolved to diminish that student. I went towards there to look for phone numbers that were supposed to work for the rest of my life. The, a suicide case, that couple of years I was away was a year away and I was running late. I was that uneasy about being there and struck a friendly conversation with a lady and was getting later, and later and was awake all night; and by the way, I did pass with a circle I.D. owed to me. Age:21, and People were trying to say, that that is a very famous scene, scenic, about the Magazine is,was known that for 2-3 decades, and later, the ladies were trying to say, after that day, that that goes away for the rest of your life, which is to play out that scene over and over in your mind, and Sigh; and the ladies were that happily. I phoned a couple of those students later or earlier than that day, at a phone hundreds of miles away. Message, there; Not Enough?! Message to-the-name, Not Enough?! Name.

  14. Ji says:

    By age 21, I had [hob-nobbed?] and was dragged, all over the place everywhere, to C.D.L. to That address because I had a caste problem of some sort. I needed to pass with a circle at [Red-rum] at town. I drove a clunky car, fuel-efficient, nearby where I used to rent. I caught a scene [which is not to interrupt that] for I was going to get There! I looked that direction and that actor sexed with porn model had resolved to diminish that student. I went towards there to look for phone numbers that were supposed to work for the rest of my life. The, a suicide case, that couple of years, I was away was a year away and I was running late. I was that uneasy about being there and struck a friendly conversation with a lady and was getting later, and later and was awake all night; and by the way,I did pass with a circle I.D. owed to me. Age:21, and People were trying to say, that that is a very famous scene, scenic about the Magazine is , was known that for 2-3 decades, and later, the ladies were trying to say, after that day, that that goes away for the rest of your life, which is to play out that scene over and over in your mind, and Sigh; and the ladies were that happily. I phoned a couple of those students later or earlier than that day, at a phone hundreds of miles away. Message, there; Not Enough?! Message to-the-name, Not Enough?! Name.

  15. Ji says:

    During the chaotic, hustle and bustle of Kelly Slater reputation of some sort, that I was thinking Kelly Slater could say
    STOP IT! STOP IT! would no more that!
    Scared, Hi!
    I am not famous, and it was precarious to most people can not story to that! I was, is? that not popular and definitely not famous.

  16. alohalaia says:

    damn, andy irons is a beloved man. the surf culture sure isn’t the same without him… continue to sleep tight and rest in peace andy !

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