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Surfers plan Irons paddle out

2010-11-04 15:40
Andy Irons (File)
Durban - Local surfers have arranged an “Andy Irons paddle out” for Friday at 16:30 at New Pier in Durban. The event has been organised by Shane Thorne and Julie de Vries, according to The Ridge Online website.

VIDEO: Tribute to Andy Irons

Durban’s surfing community will honour the spirit, talent and achievements of Hawaiian star Irons, who died on Tuesday night.

News websites are abuzz with news about Irons’s death and speculation around the circumstances in which he died. Among the reports are that anti-anxiety and sleeping drugs – but no methadone – were found in a Texas hotel room where Irons died.

The Sydney Morning Herald reports that the three-time ASP world title winner’s final meal, eaten alone in an airport hotel room, was a few cans of soft drink and a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup candy bar.

He had checked in to the Grand Hyatt at Dallas Fort Worth Airport in Texas at 9am on Monday. Almost 24 hours later, he was found dead, lying on his back with the bed sheet “pulled up to his neck”.

According to the report, the anti-anxiety drug alprazolam and a powerful sleeping drug called zolpidem were on the bedside table with a bottle of water nearby.

These details of the Hawaiian legend’s final day are contained in a report prepared by Dallas Fort Worth Airport Police – the first authorities on the scene – and leaked to TMZ.com.

Nine-time world champ Kelly Slater said that he wants the Rip Curl Pro in Puerto Rico to go ahead as planned as a way of honouring the memory of his greatest rival. When Slater was dominating world surfing, Irons was the only competitor who seemed able to take the fight to him. Slater is on the verge of winning a 10th world championship, and admitted that his own personal goals had been put in perspective by the tragedy. He said getting on with the Puerto Rico event was what Irons would have wanted.


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