Being grateful for this beautiful corner of the world is easy to do. Some times though it’s easy to take it for granted. But just yesterday as I was surfing a rather stormy Chun’s Reef with a super duper friend of mine, I realized that the North Shore of Oahu on a “bad day” is better then the best day any where else! OK, so I’ve lived out here so long and home is home, but still, getting to jump in the water for a quick surf session every day or catching a few waves at giant Pipeline with the best surfers in the world, well who gets to do that? And the sunsets out here, world class especially when viewed from the line up or surf zone. I’ve also fallen in love with all the green sea turtles. The Hawaiian name is Honu, but I named them all Nimo. Yes life on the North Shore is as close to perfect as it gets.
Pro surfer Andy Irons passed away on November 2, 2010 on his way home from a surfing contest. He was suffering from Dengue Fever and had pulled out of a contest because he was to sick to compete. Andy lived a life most of us can only dream of; traveling the world and surfing perfect waves. He won 3 World Surfing Championships, the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing 4 times and is the only surfer in the world to win events at every stop on the ASP World Tour of Surging. North Shore Surf Girl memories of Andy include watching him pull into barrel after barrel at Pipeline especially Back Door. He was an amazing surfer, super late drops, sick turns and incredible timing. He will be missed by many people. Condolences to his family and close friends.
Andy Irons Tribute from Brian Bielmann from M. Scott Mortensen on Vimeo.