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Bruce Irons ouster at Pipeline softened by birth of brother's son

Andy Axel Irons Andy Axel Irons
Bruce Irons Bruce Irons
Tom Whitaker Tom Whitaker

By Brooks Baehr - bio | email

LIHUE (HawaiiNewsNow) – More than a month after former world surfing champion Andy Irons' death, his widow Lyndie gave birth to their son at Wilcox Memorial Hospital on Kauai.

According to Andy's brother Bruce, both Lyndie and little Andy Axel Irons are healthy and doing fine. Billabong, Andy's sponsor, said Andy Axel was born at 8 a.m. He weighed 8 lbs. 3 ounces.

Bruce saw his new nephew shortly after he was born, then flew in a private plane from Kauai to Oahu where he competed in the Billabong Pipe Masters at Ehukai Beach Park on Oahu's North Shore.

Iron's was eliminated from the contest by Australian Tom Whitaker, but didn't seem to mind.

"Andy Axel is doing really good and I'm just happy that they're healthy. Contests are fun and stuff, but life means a lot more," Bruce Irons said.

Ironically Whitaker was in the contest as Andy's replacement.

"We're all family. We're all family and friends. We've been on tour for years and I've known the Irons for years and years. And it was always going to be emotional. And it was really nice. Bruce, we had a good cuddle before we went out and I told him he's being a super strong man and doing what a man should do and stand up for his brother and look after the kid, little Andy who was born today. So we just said, let's go and get barreled. Let's go and have fun, you know. Go and get tubed like Andy always did. He was the man. So, it was nice," Whitaker said.

Andy Irons died in his room at a Dallas hotel November 2. The local medical examiner is expected to determine cause of death after getting the results of a toxicology test.

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