They were madly in love. They were surfing’s royal couple. And their lives consisted of going to the most beautiful places in the world together. He liked to surf. She loved spending time with him, playing golf, shopping and enjoying life. They were, quite simply, love on tour.
But all that came to an abrupt end with the sudden demise of the Andy Irons yesterday.
Theirs is a love story made in heaven. They first met in Fiji about six years ago, but both were in relationships at the time. They would see each other a few times a year until they ran into each other in Encinitas, San Diego where Lyndie was living.
Andy’s first thoughts when he initially met Lyndie hint at love at first sight, “I thought she was the most beautiful girl I have ever seen,” he recalls. “I felt love the first time I met her.”
Andy proposed to Lyndie in June 2007 while on the heart-shaped island of Fiji. “Andy walked me around the island at sunset and when we got to the point there was ‘Will you marry me?’ in the sand,” Lyndie recalls of the proposal. “Then he got down on one knee and asked me with a huge fake diamond that we got at Luke Egan’s wedding. It was so romantic and perfect!”
Andy Irons married Lyndie Dupuis on November 25, 2007 in Princeville, Kauai, Irons’ home island. Lyndie looked especially beautiful that day in an icy white silk gown with loose flowers in her hair. She held a cascading bouquet of white phalaenopsis orchids with bursts of yellow. Her bridesmaids carried bouquets of yellow cymbidium orchids, green chinaberries and equestrian reed stems against their chocolate brown dresses. Andy was handsome in a beige Calvin Klein suit and maile lei.
(For a detailed write-up of the wedding and more wedding photos, please go to this link.)
Andy put a lot of focus and effort into pleasing his lady. “He does lots of sweet things for me,” Lyndie says. “He buys me flowers and surprises me with trips around the world. Every holiday he makes it so special for me. He even does Easter egg hunts for me in Australia because I am not home with my family, and that’s a tradition for my family.”
Lyndie had traveled with Irons on tour now for the past three years. There is rarely a picture of Andy at an event without the beautiful 25-year-old brunette at his side.
“It’s been amazing,” Andy said of having his better half on the road with him. “She has a lot to do with my success.” And with three world titles under his belt, (two of which she was on hand to witness) that is saying a lot.
Lyndie liked tour life because every day feels new and exciting. Her role as girlfriend has morphed into manager: organizing Andy’s travel plans, dealing with media requests, emails, scheduling interviews and appearances and so on.
Constantly traveling and competing can wear on a person’s spirit, but it seemed Andy was thriving on sharing it with his loved one.
“Without her, nothing in my life would work,” he said. “I would fall off the tracks.”
On the lay days, the pair cruise and soak in the local sights wherever they are. They also like to golf, go to the movies and the mall. Andy had a healthy serving of the tour’s party scene in his rookie years, so he enjoyed going with Lyndie to see tourist or cultural spots he never explored on the tour before. Andy added, “My favorite time to spend with her is when it’s just us with no interruptions, which is rare.”
Their beautiful love story has come to a heartbreaking end. As the surfing world mourns Irons’ death, it is hard to fanthom the depth of the sorrow and anguish that Lyndie is now going through. Dupuis is now seven months pregnant with their first child who will never get to see his/her dad. May time heal her sorrow and pain and may Irons rest in peace!