Oahu surfers honor Andy Irons

Jeannie Chesser
Jeannie Chesser

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Oahu surfers who couldn't make it to Kauai, held a paddle out at Ala Moana Bowls.

Around 30 people paddled out to bowls Sunday afternoon, including Jeannie Chesser.

Her son, Todd passed away more than 10 years ago while surfing on Oahu's North Shore.

She says both Todd and Andy are now surfing together. Sunday's paddle out was marked on the beach with a surfboard, draped with magazine photos of Andy and topped with a lei.

"Anyone who surfs is affected by this, everybody around the whole world had a lot of paddle out, Andy's shocking, sudden passing, it just sent a shockwave throughout the surfing world," Chesser said.

Chesser even judged one of Andy's surf contests in which he won. She said he was a phenomenal surfer.

A canoe filled with people also joined the surfers, who held hands and said prayers.

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