Bruce Irons (surfer)
November 16, 1979 |
Hanalei, Kauai, Hawaii
|Residence||Hanalei, Kauai, Hawaii|
|Height||5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)|
|Weight||165 lb (75 kg)|
|Sponsors||Oakley EyewearDa Kine, JS Surfboards, Nixon Watches,], FOX, Power Dirch|
|Major achievements||2008 Rip Curl Pro Search
2004 Quiksilver in Memory of Eddie Aikau
|Stance||Regular (natural foot)|
Bruce Irons (born November 16, 1979) is an American regularfoot professional surfer from Hanalei, Kauai and younger brother of three-time world champion Andy Irons. Best known for his radical aerial maneuvers and fearless tuberiding abilities, he claims he will surf any wave on the planet.
Background and early years
Born in Lihue, Kauai, he was raised on the North Shore where he began surfing at age seven. After a successful amateur career with several wins in the United States Surfing Championships, he went pro shortly after graduating high school.
Professional surfing career
After placing second place in 1998 and third in 2000, he defeated eleven-time world champion Kelly Slater to win the 2001 Billabong Pipe Masters event. On October 3, 2004 after qualifying for the World championship tour, he again defeated the seven-time champion in the semifinals at the Association of Surfing Professionals Quiksilver Pro France event, only to lose to his older brother in the final. Later, on December 15, 2004, he won the Quiksilver in Memory of Eddie Aikau event in waves that exceeded forty feet (12m) at O'ahu's Waimea Bay. Soon after, he dazzled crowds by making the final and placing fourth in the Pipe Masters, barely re-qualifying for the 2005 tour.
On August 3, 2008 Irons defeated Freddy Patacchia to win the Rip Curl Pro Search 2008 held in Uluwatu, Bali, Indonesia. It was his first win on the ASP championship tour.
On 21 Nov 2012 Irons split with Volcom. Volcom has said that, while they’ve had a great run together, it is now in the interest of both parties to go their separate paths: “Bruce has a new opportunity for a fresh start and we wish him and his family all the best in the future.”
On 12 Dec 2012 Bruce Irons signed a long-term deal With Fox Clothing. “I have been friends with Pete Fox for many years and have always been a fan of Fox,” said Bruce. “It’s unreal to be part of such a diverse team of world class athletes. I’m excited about a fresh start and big things to come.” Enich Harris, Global VP of Marketing at the company, was also thrilled by the new addition. “I could not be happier to have Bruce join the Fox family,” he said. “He is one of the most naturally gifted and exciting surfers in the world and does everything with style and flair. It’s Bruce’s raw edge that fits Fox perfectly. This is part of our broad and long term plan for Fox surf.”
Included in Irons' product endorsements are:
- a signature pair of Oakley sunglasses
- life sponsorship by the skate, surf, and snowboard clothing line, Volcom
- one of three pro surfers, with Dane Reynolds and Ry Craike, supported by Power Balance
- together with his brother, Andy, sponsorship by skate shoe company DC
- wetsuit sponsor Body Glove International
In 2005, Irons starred in the Volcom funded autobiographical documentary film, entitled The Bruce Movie. The film was shot using 16mm, Super 8 and 35mm format and filmed on location in Hawaii, Indonesia, Australia, Tahiti, California, France and South Africa, and whilst popular in the surfing community, did not cut through to mainstream release. Irons was in the cast of the 2007 Australian documentary film about the Sydney surf gang, the Bra Boys, entitled Bra Boys: Blood is Thicker than Water. The film's official cast included eleven-time world champion, Kelly Slater, and surfing legends Mark Occhilupo, Irons, Laird Hamilton and approximately 40 other well known surfers.
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- "Bruce Irons". Volcom - Youth Against Establishment - Team - Surf. Volcom. 2011. Retrieved 15 May 2011.
- "Bruce Bio". Team. DC Shoes. 2011. Retrieved 15 May 2011.
- "The Bruce Movie Regional Premiere Info". News. Volcom. 2005. Retrieved 15 May 2011.
- "The Bruce Movie - Surf 2005 - DVD". Shop. Volcom. 2005. Retrieved 15 May 2011.
- "Bra Boys". Internet Movie Database. Amazon.com. 2007. Retrieved 14 May 2011.