Bruce Irons Through The Years
Making The Grab
On a trip for Surfer magazine Irons punted this iconic air. The amplitude and style have inspired the next generation of high-fliers, from Dane Reynolds to John John Florence.
Go For Broke
Part of Irons' allure was his body English. From his "creepy fingers" to his go-for-broke, back-footed approach, at the height of his power he was unanimously considered the best free surfer in the world.
"Being a father changes everything," says Irons. "It gave me a new perspective on life. To be able to share all of those things that make me happy with my kids, it's like the fountain of youth."
By beating Kelly Slater in the 2001 Pipeline Masters, Irons' win at the infamous Banzai reef cemented his reputation as one of the best Pipe surfers of his generation.
A bit of an introvert, Irons shies away from too much media exposure, preferring to let his surfing do the talking.
Just when everybody was wondering what the heck happened to Bruce Irons, he showed up at Cloudbreak for one of the biggest swells in recent history, caught this wave and demonstrated that while he might not be in the spotlight as much as he once was, his skills in waves of consequence have hardly diminished.
Smile For The Camera
Irons has a reputation for not surfing much on photo trips. While the rest of the team is out ripping all day, he eventually paddles out, blows everybody away and gets the shot.
Bruce and his brother Andy were fierce rivals, constantly trying to outdo one another. In this instance, Bruce threw himself over the ledge of this Teahupoo beast just so Andy, who is sitting on the top of the wave, couldn't get it.
Irons' comfort level at Pipe ushered in a new era in tube riding. Utilizing smaller boards so he could take off under the lip, he was able to get deeper than anybody and make sections that most would consider a closeout.
Bruce And Andy
Airtime In Bali
Irons airs it out with a stylish grab and shows off his sponsor's logo on a recent trip to Bali.
Pipeline Masters 2012
Dropping in for a nice heelside turn at the 2012 Pipeline Masters.
Tube Time At Pipeline
Settling into a nice little tube ride at Pipeline Masters.
Bruce holds up the board of his late brother, Andy Irons, during a 30-minute expression session to honor him.
Slotting into a huge wave in Tahiti.
Close To Perfect
Bruce posted the two highest wave scores of the day as an invitee to the Eddie in 2009, with a perfect 100 on his final ride of Round 1 and a near-perfect 99 on his final ride of the second round.