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SW 399: Andy Irons

“The lived truth of Andy’s story is carried by those closest to him, those who lived through it with him. It’s their truth before it’s anyone else’s, but they had to make peace with losing before they did anything,” writes Sean Doherty in his title story from this special issue of Surfing World Magazine.

Eight years after three time World Champion Andy Irons died in a Dallas hotel room, the story of what really happened in the years beforehand is finally being revealed in the tell-all documentary Andy Irons: Kissed By God.

With the heartbreaking, complete story finally told, a weight has been lifted from the people who were closest to Andy. Surfing World speaks exclusively to those people about how it feels to be set free to finally tell Andy’s story, while examining how Andy’s death has changed surfing’s relationship with mental illness, addiction and the truth.

A must-read Surfing World as we come to understand wholly one of our brightest ever stars, as well as our greater surfing community.


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