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Azores Surf Trip: Days 3 & 4 Cheezin’


Days 3 & 4



With a report worse than the first Waist high day, we decided to scour the west side of the island. What an awesome few days indeed! Same plan: drive until lost, find somewhere amazing to see, repeat until you get your bearings and get lost again.
We happened upon a lot of churches, and stopped at what seemed like a tiny spot on the hill. No tourist kiosks, no gift shops, no bus stops, just a small road in a beautiful city somewhere around Remedios. One of my favorite set of non surfing photographs on the entire trip.
We continued on a long winding steep road, stopping at a couple of streams along the way to make it atop the now dormant volcano, finding probably one of the more well known locations called Lagoa das Sete Cidades or “Lake of the Seven Cities.”  Such an incredible view and story to it. I snuck a shot of Guillaume cheezin’ hard.


Directly across is a “ghost hotel” that was a 5 star resort in the middle of absolutely nowhere with the best view, that was built and went bankrupt in 6 years. What used to be heavily guarded after being seized was now open and stripped of its beautiful craftsmanship. It was a very surreal, yet amazing thing to see. I hope one day this gets reclaimed and fixed.
We finished the day trying to scour some more surf, and ended up just taking a relax day, as the report for tomorrow was pretty insane (at least for us). 5-9ft at 16 seconds. First 5 star report of the trip with a heavy period. We had no idea what to expect and wanted to wake up early and well rested.
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AZORES SURF TRIP DAYS 1&2: The Plan is to Have No Plan!

Dailystoke community members Kyle and Guillaume won a free trip to the Azores courtesy of Dailystoke!  Here is how Days 1 and 2 went.  Share the stoke…and note these guys got bumped to first class.  Not bad, fellas.  Dailystoke is the #1 site on the ‘net for surf giveaways — so join our community today and don’t miss out!   
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I’m going to preface day 1 just a little bit, due to the fact that our plane left at 11:45pm the night before and arrived at 7:00am the next day, so We can count that as the same day. To say we were “stoked” was truly an understatement. I had never left the country before, so the concept of being somewhere this foreign was exciting and scary all in the same. With boards strapped to the roof of my tiny car and bags packed with camera gear and wetsuits (literally, that’s all we had room for), we left for Logan. After going through all of the tedious work of getting our tickets and passing security, there was a small hiccup in Guillaume’s ticket that got us bumped to first class. Seriously, SATA airlines rocked through this whole trip. Hands down the number 1 airline company I’ve ever dealt with to date. Our boards, as long as they were under 15lbs, actually flew free! We haven’t even left the United States and already we were off to a good start.
Fast forward inflight airline food and movie jokes aside, a short 5 hour plane ride and we were descending on Sao Miguel. Seriously, what a beautiful island through and through. A crescent of sun managed to break through the cloud cover we flew through just enough to make the Ponta Delgada side of the island absolutely SING green. Just seeing that gave me enough butterflies to wake up. We departed the plane and gathered our boards and gear in one of the tiniest airports I’ve seen, and grabbed the rental car.
Everything we had BARELY fit in the little ford we had rented. Although that was seriously the perfect sized car for the whole tip, after I quickly learned driving around here can be dicey. It’s not hard to find you rself on dirt roads, or two-way city roads that were barely large enough for one car. The first few days getting used to this my anxiety level was through the roof. No dataon our phones and a lack of a GPS didn’t help either, and our map was for large roads only, so after lots of accidental one-ways, roundabouts, and nerve pinching tiny roads, we made it to the hotel and unloaded. The view was unreal both day and night, and was instant adventure fuel for touring the entire island.
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We grabbed a few snacks from the deli down the road, threw on our trunks, packed the boards and suits and decided to hit the entire island on day one. We literally crawled and scoured the entire coastline. Who cares if you got lost? The island was so small that you could judge your distance and location from how close to a populated city you were. That was probably one of the most interesting and perfect days to do this, as the surf reports showed it was pretty flat everywhere so It gave us a good chance to see as much as we could now and save the surfing for the rest of the week.
Our first stop (and I’ll use that term loosely because we got lost) was in Furnas.  After taking a couple wrong one ways winding through a very steep rainy part of the mountain, we stopped because we saw smoke, so naturally our interest peaked as to what this could be coming from an area that was similar to a rainforest town. There were hot springs everywhere! One thing you had to experience for yourself though was the smell. That sulfur mixing in the water is so strong, only a half an hour of checking things out and I felt like years of sinus congestion was blown out. A couple quick videos and we headed anywhere that resembled an east or costal direction.
We made the loop around the east of the island and continued after not seeing much on the surf radar. Then, somewhere along the northern coast we stopped when I freaked out looking at an insane break from the highway. I cautiously parked my car in what would look like a cow pasture driveway and snapped a couple shots on the coast.  Back on the road to continue the adventure, we came across the city of Ribeira Grande.
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This would prove to be the place we ended up spending the most time in our week there between Monte Verde and Santa Barbara. This was also the ONLY location we happened upon other surfers. We stopped at the Monte Verde surf spot first and grabbed a bite to eat by the Municipal salt pools in the “snack bar” known as “Let It Be” (we quickly found out that this is very typical to find snack bars through the entire island) My traveling buddy Guillaume is actually southern French and speaks it very well, so with a mix of our English, his French, and my Spanish, we managed to somewhat communicate with people at all of our locations. The lady who worked there was probably my favorite on the entire trip. She rifled off as many languages as possible to Guillaume. I watched semi awkwardly with a smile, lost in translation, but after Guillaumes quick conversation, she knew we were surfers and wanted to watch the ocean, so she promptly sat me down on the best view in the house, and about-faced me out (whilst I ‘m sitting in my seat!) to watch the surfers. “Here, you sit and watch the water, not the restaurant!” as she pointed out. Man was she a trip, and the food was always spot on here. We were never too picky, but a good burger or fish and a beer were right around 5-6 euros. That ended up being a spot we frequented a lot, and you couldn’t beat the view.
Full and now craving some type of action, we drove around a little more, getting lost a lot along the way until we happened upon Santa Barbara. This is probably the most common surf location on the entire island. It had a very long break from a nice parking lot all the way to its large cliff side on the west point of the beach. Again, another “snack bar” was here as well. What a beautiful black sand beach teeming with lava rock! We looked from the parking lot down at a small waist high wave and figured, why the heck not? No ones in the water, so we might as well get in there. Not to mention, we just came from surfing 40 degree waters on the east coast in full winter suits, so throwing on a 3/2 was nothing.
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Within 20 minutes, we must’ve either sparked interest, or just beat quitting time on the island, because we were soon filled with about 20 surfers. It was definitely odd at first, and we certainly got a few stares, but it s understandable being the only two kids in the lineup speaking English and euphorically laughing about being in such a tropical location and how cold dark and rocky our east coast break we left was. After saying a couple of funny phrases and watching people crack a smile or laugh a little, we realized many of them spoke a lot more English than we thought, so little bits of conversation was key to getting in, and having people recognize us for the week.  Not to mention the key elements that got us noticed was not dropping in on other people, staying in your spot in lineup ect. A little respect here goes a long way, as you will read in our future days at this break.
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How to Get a Great Deal on a Wetsuit


If you’re thinking of investing in a wetsuit, here are a few tips to ensure that you get the best deal.

Shop Around

The key to finding a high quality wetsuit at a low price is research. There is nothing worse than purchasing a wetsuit online to find that another store is selling it for less.  In order to avoid this, shop around before you commit to the purchase.  Going online can help you seek out the best wetsuit and make significant savings as well.  You can browse hundreds of sites and compare prices at speed.

Avoid Hidden Costs

You may have found a great deal on a wetsuit but be careful of the hidden costs involved.  When purchasing a wetsuit online, it is essential to take the following questions in to consideration.

  • Does the price include taxes or a VAT?
  • How much are the shipping costs for the item?
  • Could you find the same product elsewhere with free shipping?
  • Are returns accepted? (this is a big one)

Purchasing the perfect wetsuit online only to find out that it doesn’t fit and can’t be returned can be costly.  Make sure you are aware of these factors prior to purchasing.  One site we like is SecretSpot – they stock a wide range of affordable wetsuits from the best brands. Click here to visit the SecretSpot website.




Shooting the Curl Giveaway Winners: LHastie, Freem7, James, Gardog!! Congrats!


Dailystoke announces winners of its SHOOTING THE CURL surf book giveaway.  Stoke Community members…

  1. LHastie of Somerton Park, Australia
  2. Archery Lessons of MA
  3. James of Los Angeles
  4. Gardog of West Covina, Ca

….you won!

What do you have to say?  You won this sick new book that features 15 of the best surf photographers on the planet, including Tim Jones, Scott Aicher, Alan van Gysen, Erick & Ian Regnard, Steve Sherman, Mickey Smith, Yassine Ouhilal, Anthony Walsh, Roger Sharp, Clark Little, DJ Struntz, Tim McKenna, Will Bailey, Lucia Griggi and Simon Williams.

Free Gear, Daily (You’re Welcome)

A New Writer at DailyStoke: Wingnut!


Yes, we’re stoked and you should be too.

The guy’s a legend, folks, and if you’ve ever surfed with him you’ll know how ridiculously good he is.

He joins our newly created Team Recon Staff, a team of riders that will be reporting on their surf travels and industry events, giving surf tips, and just generally ranting about the world of surfing.

Read all the good stuff he’ll be writing and reach out to him on out site via our community.

Mark Kelly GSI Global Surf industries Feature

GSI Surfboards, Exclusive Interview with Founder Mark Kelly: Shapers You Must Read!!


Mark Kelly GSI Global Surf industries FeatureDailystoke had the great pleasure of catching up with Mark Kelly, the founder of Global Surf Industries.  Mark built Global Surf Industries from scratch into one of the largest surfboard manufacturers in the world in just 9 years.  Impressive.  Read on to hear what he thinks of offshore manufacturing, what he thinks the future holds for all you shapers, how and why he built his ‘dream team’ of shapers, and how GSI gets all this done — without an office anywhere!

DAILYSTOKE: What was the inspiration to start GSI?

Mark Kelly: I was running Sales and Marketing globally for FCS and wanted a change. I also felt that it was time that I could start something of my own so I tried to visualize what the surf industry would be like in 10 years and with all the contacts and resources I had what out of that vision could I make happen in 5 years, that would be my niche. For me surfboards was the answer. I wanted to create a retail centric model for surfboards.

DAILYSTOKE: We hear and read that one of GSI’s strengths is distribution, what exactly does that mean?  Is it relationships with retail, or does GSI somehow just distribute more efficiently?

Mark Kelly: GSI has been going for 9 years now. We sell boards in 58 countries at last count, we deal directly with about 550 stores in Australia and the USA and thousands more through our global network that is what Distribution means. We are more efficient at the logistics side of things than a lot of our competitors. We have always worked backwards from the end consumers needs to get the most efficient model.

Mark Kelly GSI FactoryDAILSYTOKE: The manufacturing process, you’ve taken some heat for the offshore production…why did you decide to produce offshore, and what do you say to the critics that suggest it takes business from local shapers?

Mark Kelly:  When we first started GSI we want to work with the best factory on the planet for our goal of being a global company. Our search lead us to Thailand. If the best factory had of been in New Jersey we would have worked with them. As far as taking business from local shapers I doubt that we have done that. After 9 years it still takes most guys 4 – 12 weeks to produce a custom board. Now that just isn’t customer service orientated.

DAILYSTOKE: You’ve assembled a dream team of designers, why that mix of guys, what does each bring to the table, and what does a shaper need to possess to be good enough for GSI?

Mark Kelly:  I get approached by hundreds of shapers a year to come onto our program we have never signed a deal with anyone who hasn’t approached us. I believe that for a shaper to come to us and ask us for our help to elevate his brand to a global status then they have the right mindset in place to be able to work with us. Basically our portfolio is full of innovators, yet they are all very humble people. It is a pleasure to deal with them all. We try not to have much overlap with the brands and their position in the market.

DAILYSTOKE: At a recent speaking event you said, and I believe you were quoting Tom Wegener, that Tom said his role with GSI is akin to a musician, where a musician plays live (which is the surfboard design side of things), and then also makes albums for mass distribution (where GSI manufactures en mass the design).  Is the whole story here, that Tom needs the distribution to monetize his designs?

Mark Kelly: Actually GSI is like the record label; EMI for instance, we sign the artist and then promote them and get their designs out to the world. Tom is an artisan he can’t make a thousand boards a year, let alone ship them around the world. GSI does help people around the world who might not get to ride a Tom Wegener board to be able to get one under their feet. Tom signs off on the design and the quality of the board. He is stoked with every board that comes off the factory floor.

DAILYSTOKE: Where do you see the surfboard manufacturing industry in 10years?  Are all local shapers dead if they don’t find a GSI?  And can shapers survive in a world where global manufacturers take market share and can presumably make boards cheaper?  How do the 2 co-exist?

Mark Kelly:  The board industry is aging right now, there aren’t too many younger crew coming into it. So in 10 years it might be similar to what it is now but in 20 – 30 years it will change for sure. I feel that there will always be local shapers and manufacturers people love to get custom boards. These guys push the design edge. Every market no matter what it is needs these guys to exist.

DAILYSTOKE:  What can surfboard manufacturers do better?

Mark Kelly: We can all be more customer focused for sure. Demo days and allowing surfers to experiment with different shapes is like travelling for the first time. You go WOW this is pretty cool.

mark-kelly-sydney with meyerhofferDAILYSTOKE: Is life really better when you surf?  and is it true that GSI doesn’t really have a main office (employees all work from home or wherever they happen to be at the time)?

Mark Kelly: Yes it is true, we don’t have one single office anywhere in the world. None of our staff commute, well a few commute to drop their kids off to school each day but everyone works from home. We all communicate via skype and meet as a group once a year when we fly everyone in the company and their partner to Australia for a weeklong conference and celebration of all the achievements of the past year. Actually over the 9 years we have only ever lost about 5 employees for various reasons. All staff we have now have been handpicked none have come from advertising for a position. We have a great team of people who really understand what the mantra means and try to live it every day.

DAILYSTOKE: That’s awesome…if I quit as a staff writer, can I come work for GSI (my boss reads this, so I’m kidding of course)?

Mark Kelly: Sure send me your resume I’ll have a read. 🙂

BlueGreen Movie

What’s Better than Free Surf DVDs at


BlueGreen MovieNothing, free DVDs are cool.

Go to and get in our Ridonculous SURF DVD GIVEAWAY now!!

Take your pick

  1. Endless Summer
  2. Scratching the Surface
  3. Highwater
  4. May Dayz
  5. Capture (documentary)
  6. BluGreen (documentary)

Click below to see our reviews on each!

Endless Summer

Scratching the Surface


May Dayz


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Joe Crimo, Meth, Death Weasels & Jon Steele Interview

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courtesy: Jon Steele via

So we posted a video the other day on Joe Crimo “surfing”, or more like skateboarding on water, and we now give you an exclusive interview Jon Steele did for ESPN.   This is after Joe got messed up with drugs and went crazy with the tattoo gun.  Some words of wisdom for the kids, and we like to show that surfing isn’t all perfect fun as most of the mainstream media likes to show.  Check out the video interview on ESPN here, if you haven’t seen it yet it pretty serious sh!t.

And check out Jon Steele’s aka Death Weasel’s blog too.  Here is what he wrote about it:

Meth, Tattoos and Surfing!

Joe Crimo is a good friend and a great person. Joe is a wonderful human being with a HUGE heart.. The problem is is Meth /speed destroys EVERYTHING you comin contact with..I have done a recent piece for ESPN of which i am really proud of.. I wanted to show kids that its not all glory at the top.
This piece is a heartfelt piece as Joe was one of my inspirations as a grom and a good friend. The surfing publication world doesnt begin to touch on subjects such as these because they want you to believe the world is fine and surfing is great for everyone and nothing is wrong.  BUT when what they build up is destroyed they push it under the rug.  Here is an interview i did tryin to show the youth the harms of drug abuse and tattooing that sometimes go hand in hand with our love of surf/skate/and life!

Epoxy Versus Fiberglass Tufflite Sucks etc. etc.


Yes, we all know that Tufflite sucks etc. etc. because all of our friends say so. But if you’re not sure on whether to stick to a traditional glass board or the ceramic-feeling Tufflite, then you should definitely check out this video. Once you get over the crazy Australian accents, it’s actually pretty useful to see what these surfers say about surfboard materials and choice translated into boards. As you may know, Tufflite gets props for being super-floaty and easy to paddle, but not great if there is any kind of wind, as they tend to bob around in the water. Anyway, check for yourself here.

Dailystoke Interview with Ross Thomas Star of SOUL SURFER MOVIE


Ross Thomas Dennis Quaid Helen Hunt SOUL SURFER MOVIEWe recently had the chance to sit down, and get the low down, on the movie SOUL SURFER with one of the stars, Ross Thomas.  Ross is a ridiculously talented actor who plays Bethany’s older brother in the movie, and he somehow still has time to play the drums in a band, surf, and save the world.  No, we’re not kidding, he’s legit.  Read on, and you’ll see why he’s a amazingly talented, passionate, and inspiring person.  This is one of the most interesting interviews we’ve done in a while.  Go check out the movie and support Bethany and Ross!  And as always, you’re welcome.

DAILYSTOKE:  You play Bethany’s older brother Noah, how did you get selected for the role?

ROSS THOMAS:  I had already had a working relationship with Sean McNamara (Director of “Soul Surfer”). We did a film called “The Cutting Edge: Going For The Gold” and a surfing TV series called “Beyond The Break” (also shot in Hawaii) together. Sean and I great friends and take every opportunity we have to work together because we have so much fun and are such a collaborative team. Not to mention we both have a deep passion for surfing. He is a really talented filmmaker and loves the process; his enthusiasm makes for a really great set to be on. Back when we were shooting “Beyond The Break”, both Sean and his partner David Brookwell mentioned that they were

Ross Thomas and Dennis Quaid

Ross Thomas With His Shirt Off!!

trying to make Bethany Hamilton’s story into a movie. I was immediately intrigued by the idea, knowing what a powerful and inspirational story Bethany’s was. I asked them to keep me in mind if there were any roles that might be right for me. A few years went by and I finally got a call saying the movie was happening. They brought me in for the role of “Noah Hamilton”, Bethany’s older brother, and I landed the job.

DAILYSTOKE:  When you read the script, and got to know the Hamilton family, what about Noah did you find most interesting? and Bethany?

ROSS THOMAS:  Noah has been a huge advocate for Bethany’s professional surfing career since they were children. I come from a large family (three sisters and one brother) and I know there can be competition amongst siblings. Naturally brothers and sisters vie for attention and the spotlight. But the interesting thing about Noah is his humble, selfless attitude toward life and his sister’s success. Rather than focus on his own surfing or striving for a professional career for himself, he commits himself to Bethany and puts his heart into helping her succeed. I find that very honorable. When Bethany suffers the shark attack, Noah steps up as a protective older brother to both encourage his sister and shield her from the aggressively intrusive media.

I think Bethany speaks for herself. Just look at everything she has endured and the good that she has created in the wake of losing her arm. She is a powerful woman and uses that power for the good of mankind. It is refreshing to see such a globally recognized and famous person using their voice to help spread positivity and hope.


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Ross Thomas on a Nice Wave in Hawaii between Shooting

DAILYSTOKE:  Where did you guys shoot, and did you get some time in for some waves or was it all business?

ROSS THOMAS:  We shot on the North Shore of O’ahu, Hawai’i. I love it there…it’s paradise. The icing on the cake is that we were there during peak big wave season, so we got to experience some epic swells. I took every opportunity I had to surf while I was there. If I wasn’t on set, I was in the water. Chris Brochu (Timmy Hamilton) and I dialed our breaks in right away. We rented an old surf truck with racks for the two of us and hit the waves almost every day. We loved surfing a break called “Freddies” and occasionally we’d drift over the “V-Land”. I was on cloud-nine for months after getting back to the mainland. I still daydream about how awesome that experience was. Hawai’i is the place to be!

DAILYSTOKE:  What’s it like to work alongside Anna Sophia Robb, and did she have  to cut off her arm for the role!? How did they actually do that, just editing?

ROSS THOMAS:  Haha! Jokester! No, Anna Sophia didn’t have to cut off her arm. It’s incredible what they can do in Hollywood these days! They painted her arm green and CGI-ed it out. I have to say, I saw the movie and thought, “wow…that is real deal!” They did a great job with the effects. Anna Sophia is a superb young actor and a true pleasure to work with. We became great friends on the set of “Soul Surfer” and I am really excited to watch her career as it continues to take off.

DAILYSTOKE:  Tell us about your band, and your philanthropic activities?

ROSS THOMAS:  I am a major advocate for indigenous rights and rainforest preservation. A large part of my spirituality is influenced by indigenous shamanism and and ancient tribal philosophies. Through my personal experiences with indigenous people, I have learned so much about life and the earth we live on. In my opinion, many of the remaining indigenous tribes really understand what it means to live harmoniously and sustainably with

Ross Thomas SUPing

Ross Thomas SUPing

the land and it’s natural resources. Last year I shot a short documentary film in the Peruvian rain forest called “Extraction: The Plundering of the Amarakaeri Reserve”, which documents first hand, the effects of oil exploitation on an indigenous people. I also collaborate with both the Survival International and Amazon Watch organizations.  I recently met with Surfrider Foundation and plan to volunteer my time and efforts toward their “Rise Above Plastics” campaign, to help spread awareness about the harmful effects of plastics on our marine environment.

DAILYSTOKE:  and what about the band?

ROSS THOMAS:  I play the drums in an indie folk rock band called “The Outlaws & Astronomers” ( The band is comprised of myself and three of my really good friends. Our lead singer, Jamie Roberts, writes most of the material (and is easily the best musician out of all of us). It’s funny because we always joke with him that he should fire us and link up with true career musicians and really take the show on the road. But he likes our camaraderie and the fusion it has with the music we make. We don’t get to play together as often as we’d like, but it makes for a really great creative outlet to let loose and rock out. One day we are going to pile into an old Winnebago and drive across the U.S., playing a bunch of small towns a long the way and howling at the moon!



If you don’t surf, Don’t Start: …Lost ad campaign goes live


Gotta hand it to …Lost enterprises. They’re happy to cause some shiz by calling out posers and surfers who wear RVCA, like Al Knost. I recently came across their old ad campaign that ran in Surfing Magazine – which I believe was the first time their ads had gone in a major magazine.

Said …Lost: “In our latest attempt to alienate potential customers we offer the new ad campaign: IF YOU DON’T SURF – DON’T START!”

We like it. According to Lost, Gotcha surfing had a similar ad that appear in the 80s. I wasn’t surfing then, so I don’t care.

Wow. This sucks big time. It’s like getting slammed at the Wedge


Wow. Bodyboarding can be really, really cool, and there’s even The Wedge, a surf break made especially for spongers. This guy, however, really gets it. And it’s just a really, really shitty situation. Check out the vid. It also reminds me of this sponger taking it for the team. Courtesy of Surf Nation.

What’s with Florida and Shark Attacks? The Year of the Shark II


Back in 2008, a 44-year-old surfer was bitten by a shark in the waters off Volusia County, setting a record for the most recorded attacks in one year.

The surfer chick was attacked on a Sunday afternoon near the jetty at Ponce de Leon inlet — the county’s 23rd recorded shark bite in 2008. The incident breaks the record of 22 set in 2001, which was dubbed “The Year of the Shark.”

The surfer, who was bitten on the foot, did not suffer serious injury in the record-setting attack. The chamber of commerce said millions of people go into the ocean off Volusia County each summer, and only 23 have been bitten.  Most of the victims are surfers, and some aren’t like this guy in the video who has crazy stitches.  Watch out kids…

The Andy Irons Paddle Out & Family Statement


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Here is the statement from the Irons Family:

Following a beautiful memorial service on November 14th, 2010 at Andy’s beloved Hanalei Bay, the Irons family would like to extend their heartfelt thanks to everyone who has reached out to them from the far corners of the planet.
“Andy’s passing was met with the most overwhelming and powerful wave of love and support,” said Andy’s mother Danielle, adding that the family could not have imagined the range of Andy’s impact and influence on people around the world.
“The friendship and concern that has poured in from everywhere has been unimaginable,” says Andy’s father, Phil, “and we are deeply, deeply grateful. Words are beyond us.”  Danielle adds, “It’s like one big giant hug, arms around you, of comfort.”
The entire family wants to thank their friends at Billabong, who were there for the family from the first moment. “Then they orchestrated such a soulful, loving day for the community and for Andy. Andy would have loved it! It was an extraordinary memorial,” said Danielle.
The Irons family too wants to recognize the special community of Hanalei, where Andy and his brother Bruce were born and raised on the North Shore, and thank them for extending the aloha spirit in coming together, opening their arms and sharing their generosity “with us and everybody”, and in continuing to support the Irons family. “We are still feeling the community’s sorrow so deeply. It helps to go through this together,” said Andy’s father, Phil.
The family would also like to thank the ASP Medical Team for their role at the ASP-sanctioned event at Puerto Rico and want to convey their appreciation to the ASP-approved Rip Curl Pro Search Doctors who treated Andy there. They were professional and did everything they could to take care of Andy’s health, says Danielle, on behalf of the family. “I know how stubborn Andy can be, and once he makes up his mind there’s no changing it. He was set on coming home.”
The ASP completed its preliminary medical review for the Rip Curl Pro Search Puerto Rico several days ago, concluding that the medical staff met and exceeded protocols, offering Andy Irons the best possible care.
A memorial service took place on November 14, 2010 at Pine Trees in Hanalei Bay, Kauai. The service included an honorary paddle-out to pay tribute to his legacy.
There will be a second and closing ceremony to celebrate his life during the start of this year’s Pipe Masters.
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Pearling (on a boat) Funny Shiz


Wipeout of the Week

Ok, we’re not going to rag on these folks for riding in a boat. No, we’re not going to do that. We’re not going to say: “well, I’m sure that’s fun, but you shouldn’t have been riding a boat in the first place.”. No, we’re not going to do that. We’re not going to speculate on the feeling of pearling in that thing. No, we’re not going to do that.