He had his faults, but Andy Irons surfed and charged his way into a generation of surfers for simply being who he was. Sometimes furious and arrogant, mostly golden-hearted, but always a huge personality. Andy’s outbursts, tantrums and profanity were well-known and destructive, but when channelled into the ocean (and especially in heats), it became fast, radical and fearless surfing. Mellow, kind and loving around the people he loved and felt comfortable with, AI lived his life as if he knew that it was a short ride, as if he had to fit in as many turns as possible while he could. He did this, and made a lot of noise along the way. Missed by many, he is and always will be the best Billabong surfer of all time.