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Parko and friends paddle out for Andy Irons

Parko and friends paddle out for Andy Irons in Coolangata.

Updated: November 10, 2010, 4:27 PM ET
By Andy Morris

On Saturday morning over 1,000 people paddled out at Rainbow Bay on Australia's Gold Coast in honor of the late Andy Irons. In a fitting tribute, what was supposed to be a day of torrential rain, dawned without a cloud in the sky. Those who gathered to celebrate Irons' life were greeted with warm sunshine symbolizing the colorful life he lived.

His best mate, Joel Parkinson, left the beach first, followed closely by Mark Occhilupo, Luke Egan, and Iron's long-time shaper, Jason ...

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