The 2008 Billabong Pipeline Masters became complete with the late entry of Hawaii’s own Andy Irons into the event. The 3x world champion is returning from a couple months off of competition and will be going strong after his 5th Pipe Masters’ crown. “I took a break for about a month and came back to the North Shore to train and get my rhythm back,” Andy Irons said. “The Pipe event has been in the back of my head for over a month now, and these past couple weeks of surfing and training have brought my confidence back to where it needs to be. I’m ready. I know I can win out here.”
There has been a lot of spectulation about Andy’s personal life and his decision to take a break mid-tour. None of that matters, Andy Irons is one of the best ever to surf the legendary left and his presence in this years event makes an already epic surf contest that much more exciting. Kelly Slater with his 5 Pipe Master’s titles is the only person ahead of Andy at Pipe. If Irons can clinch the title in 2008, he and Slater will share the record for the most victories at Pipeline. That alone will have Andy chomping at the bit to get in the water.
Posted by Shaun on Tuesday, December 9th, 2008 in Surfing.