Three-time surfing world champion Andy Irons has been found dead in Texas (3 November 2010).
The 32-year-old, who won three successive world titles between 2002 and 2004 and is the only competitor to have won at every venue on the ASP World Tour, didn’t contest his Round 1 or 2 heats at last weekend’s event in Puerto Rico because of illness.
Heading back to his homeland of Hawaii following his subsequent exit from the tournament, just three months after his most recent of his 19 wins in Tahiti in August, Irons was found dead in Texas on Tuesday with reports suggesting he may have had Dengue Fever.
He was one of the few surfers to consistently match nine-time world champion and fellow American Kelly Slater.
Irons only returned to the world tour this year after a one-year break and his last event win came in Tahiti in early September.
He leaves behind a pregnant wife.
I took this photo at the Rip Curl Pro, Bells Beach, Great Ocean Road, Australia.