Andy Irons memorial paddle-out Saturday at El Porto in Manhattan Beach
Christian Surfers South Bay is organizing a memorial paddle-out Saturday at 8 a.m. at El Porto, near 42nd Street in Manhattan Beach, in memory of Andy Irons, the three-time ASP World Tour champion who died unexpectedly Tuesday.
Irons withdrew from the Rip Curl Pro Search Puerto Rico citing illness and was en route back home to Kauai, Hawaii, when he died. His death reportedly was connected to a bout of dengue fever he had contracted.
Those interested in participating should meet at the CSSB tent that will be set up. Organizers are asking participants to bring flowers, and spread the word about the event.
Here's a touching tribute video to Andy Irons, including scenes and interviews with some of the pro surfers who took part in the memorial paddle-out held Wednesday at Porta Del Sol, Puerto Rico:
-- Kelly Burgess
Photo: People pay their respects by placing flowers and other items at a memorial surrounding surfer Andy Irons' hands and footprints encased in cement at the Surfer's Hall of Fame in Huntington Beach. Credit: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times
Video via YouTube