ANDY IRONS BY SOLI BAILEY
Andy was always my favourite surfer. He was just relentless in the water. He’d do anything on any wave, on any section. He never held back. He’d do turns where no one else would do turns. He gave everything more than 100%. That photo of him doing a bottom turn at Pipe with his rising sun surfboard is imprinted in my brain, it was everywhere to see and still is. It was such a memorable, epic shot and showed the true essence of Andy's surfing. I first saw him surf live when I was about nine years old. He was here for the Quiky Pro and he came down to Lennox Head. I remember thinking I wanted to surf with that kind of power and style. I guess I did try to emulate him a little. I think I've always used his surfing as a guide. His style set a benchmark for me and his approach to surfing with that give-it-all attitude inspires me to this day. I loved watching him compete and go up against Kelly. Those three years he was World Champ, he was the only one to better Kelly in that generation. That year at Pipe where they battled for the crown and the world title was one of the best heats of all time. Unfortunately, I didn't get the chance to meet him but the time I spend around the world within the surfing community there's still the essence of him. From the people I do know and the community he was a part of - he was a happy, generous loving person. He always had time for people from what I hear. His influence on surfing and competing is still getting passed down the generations. There hasn't been another surfer like him, I believe.