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Why Did Andy Irons Paddle Out In Boxers?

Why Did Andy Irons Paddle Out In Boxers?

It may sound like the beginning to your niece or nephew's latest riddle, but this story comes straight from the mouth of surf photography Jason Childs in Surfer Magazine's latest Photogs Talking Story feature:

"This was the best day I have ever seen and ever shot at Keramas. I got there early in the morning on a low-ish tide and watched from the channel as an empty lineup pumped with fun, hollow waves. As the tide filled in it started to get bigger and better. Andy Irons turned up solo for a Billabong shoot, but the rest of the team was at another location, getting in an early surf, and—bummer for Andy—they had all the boardshorts for the boys to surf in. After a while, Andy couldn't stand watching the waves pumping without a soul in the lineup any longer. So he paddled out in his black boxer shorts and tore the place apart (reminded me of Martin Potter back in his world title year surfing in the wetsuit shorts that were all the rage). Finally the Billabong crew turned up and one of the crew paddled out a pair of boardies for Andy. I scored a cover of Australia's Surfing Life and spreads in SURFER and other mags of Andy ripping in his boxers!"

So why did AI paddle out in his underwear? To get to the perfect ride! Sorry.

Read the full feature on Surfer Magazine.