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Monday, March 22, 2010
Updated: March 23, 12:00 PM ET
Irons Bros keep it real for the kids


Playing solo host, Bruce Irons locks it up with good friend Kaula.

For the better part of the 21st Century, Bruce and Andy Irons have been playing host to their annual Pine Trees Keiki Surf Classic on Kauai. Marking their ninth consecutive year on the beach, this past weekend's festivities did not disappoint.

"We've been doing this thing for nine years now, and it just keeps getting better and better thanks to all the sponsors and volunteers that keep coming out to help. Its crazy how fast time flies." said Bruce Irons, worn a little ragged after the long weekend.

But one distinct feature that was obviously missing from this year's event was Andy Irons. Down in Australia focusing on his resurrection on the world tour, for the first time in the contest's history he was unable to attend. Considering the busy schedule the man keeps, it's amazing his streak's gone on this long.

Don't kid yourself, the talent hits the water early on Kauai.Llittle Naila may be starting off on a log, but before you know it she'll be busting airs over everybody's heads.

"Unfortunately, Andy wasn't able to break away from his Oz training schedule to make it out, so Bruce held it down for the boys this year," explained the Irons brothers manager Blair Marlin.

Expanding the festivities from a one-day surf contest for the kids, this year the affair ran over the course of the weekend and included the first annual Irons Brothers' 10 Hole Hack golf tournament.

"We all go play golf anyway, so we figured we'd make something official out of it," explained Bruce.

Proceeds from the golf tourney, which was $150 a head, went directly into the Pine Trees Keiki Surf Classic. Thanks to the generosity of numerous sponsors, the prizes for both the surf contest and golf tourney were as stellar as ever, and while it's definitely a bummer that Andy couldn't attend his own contest, the kids that showed up couldn't help but be inspired by their heroes dedication -- after all, it was him and brother Bruce that essentially put Kauai on the surf map.

Surf star or not, it's gotta be about the kids. Donnie and Ozzie Frankenreiter down a dog while Bruce makes good at the awards.
With a lot to smile about, a young Kauai wahine gives up a toothy grin.
Magic, levitating babies and free tees, just another day at the beach in Kauai.
With goody bags stuffed with swag and plenty of other loot for the hungry grommet, the awards under the trees at Pine Trees is always something to look forward too.
Ayla had so much fun she just flipped out.