One minute we're full of excited anticipation that Kelly Slater is about to pull off his tenth world title this week, when news comes though that Andy Irons, his greatest competitor over many years, has died. He was returning home to Hawaii having pulled out of the Puerto Rico competition due to contracting Dengue fever. He was 32. Very sad. A huge character in the surfing world and truly amazing surfer, brilliant to watch.
A full report on Andy Irons - http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/othersports/surfing/8106652/Surfing-world-mourns-death-of-champion-Andy-Irons.html