BY ALEX WORKMAN
It’s been 10 years since Bruce Irons nailed the last section of Taylor Steele’s 2005 flick, Campaign. At the time the video part solidified his reputation as the best freesurfer in the world. His image forged by fearlessness in waves of consequence along with a radical rebellious spirit led to many labelling him one of surfing’s true rock stars. The million dollar contracts followed and at one point he was amongst the highest paid surfers in the world. However there have been lows. The inescapable pain of losing his brother, Andy, in 2010 almost triggered Bruce’s own demise. He disappeared from the mainstream and would appear briefly; often chasing a giant purple blob across the Pacific to places like Fiji, Tahiti and Mexico – his happy hunting grounds. But the scar tissue has helped numb some of the pain and an unwavering resolve seems more present than ever after chatting to him following a recent Chopes strike mission. The voice might have been a little more gravelly but the words still flew out at machine-gun-like speed, every syllable quicker than the last and the trademark honesty overwhelming. Act II for Bruce Irons really began this year at 35. There’s a rumoured part in John John’s much anticipated upcoming film, numerous hit and run trips to Mexico and he’s returned to the big screen, playing Johnny Utah’s stunt double for Hollywood blockbuster Point Break redux. Buoyed by the knowledge that he’s qualified for the Pipe Masters Invitational come the North Shore this winter there’s an energy behind him that’s been sorely missed. Bruce recently opened up to Tracks about the many roads he’s travelled and why he’s yet to deliver one of the best performances of his career.