Sunday, December 26, 2010

Surfers Start Fund for Andy Irons Son

Following the sudden death of pro surfer Andy Irons in November, a trust fund has been established to assist his widow, Lyndie Irons, and infant son, Andy Axel Irons, who was born December 8. The idea behind the fund, says Irons' former agent Blair Marlin, is "to provide a trust that would help in providing for the maintenance, health and education for baby Andy."

A three-time world surfing champion, Irons was found dead on November 2 in a Dallas Grand Hyatt hotel room. As has been widely reported, the 32-year-old had withdrawn from a professional surfing event in Puerto Rico, and was on a layover en route to his home in Kauai, Hawaii. There were no signs of trauma or foul play. A toxicology report has yet to be released (There were prescription drugs found in the room).

"A lot of surfers came to me asking how they could help," says Marlin. Those closest to Lyndie Irons brought the idea to Andy's financial advisor, who was in the process of transferring titles and organizing the family's finances. "There have been people from all over who've contributed," says Marlin, "from surf shop owners, to families close to Andy, as well as a few tour surfers who have been so generous as to give their prize money from the remaining events on tour after Puerto Rico." The Irons family has kept the fund relatively quiet.

The website of pro surfer Mick Fanning, who is helping spread the word, released this statement on December 14: "We all know how much of a special person Andy Irons was and how he touched our lives. He was a leader in our sport but most of all was a great friend that had a huge heart ... I know everyone is keen to help out so I wanted to let you all know that there has been a trust fund set up to help out Lyndie and the baby." Details on how to donate to the fund appear on Fanning's site.

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