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Andy Irons will be missed

Surfing loses an all-time competitor and iconic champion

Updated: December 7, 2010, 11:04 AM ET
By Jake Howard | ESPN Action Sports

A couple of years back, Andy Irons was on a quick, three-day sprint to Baja, warming up before the World Tour contest at Trestles. He brought only one board, a pair of trunks, and a backpack -- living, as they say, free and easy. As he got out of the water after his first session, he was greeted by a group of local kids on the beach. One of them asked Andy if he could have Andy's board, or his sunglasses, or anything. Andy explained that it was the only board he had on him and he needed it ...

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