On this first anniversary (November 2nd) of the untimely passing of the beloved Andy Irons, the entire Billabong family wishes to take a moment to join the surfing world in remembering one of the greatest surfers and personalities our sport has ever known. To mark this occasion, Billabong has created a new video tribute which includes a frank, compelling and in-depth interview with Andy.
Over the course of the lengthy relationship between Billabong and Andy Irons, the two entities became synonymous with one another, with too many collaborations to count. The partnership produced a number of iconic creations ranging from films to apparel, each based on Andy's style and ideas. These reminders of Andy's greatness still surround us today.
Out of respect and acknowledgement of Andy’s legacy we will continue to dedicate the Billabong Pipe Masters in his memory. As part of this year’s clothing collection for the 2011 Pipe Masters event, Billabong will be re-releasing the hugely popular Andy Irons model Rising Sun board short.
Proceeds from these and other Andy Irons products will help ensure the future well being of his wife Lyndie and young child Axel. Effective July 1st, 2011 Billabong entered into a long-term agreement guaranteeing a monthly royalty to his family to assist in their ongoing financial security.
Andy Irons touched so many lives during his brief time on earth. Billabong, along with millions of surfers and surfing fans worldwide, will never forget the great champion from Kauai. Aloha, Andy. You are forever in our hearts.
-- The Billabong International Family