Andy Irons was a lifelong hero to Eric Christian Olsen, the Hollywood actor and executive producer of the film Andy Irons: Kissed By God. In this clip from the world premiere, he reminds us why it's important to understand the full story of the lives of those we look up to. Many of Andy’s fans, and even many of his close friends and family, were not fully aware of his struggle with bipolar disorder and opioid addiction.
Andy Irons: Kissed By God is a film about bipolar disorder and opioid addiction as seen through the life of three-time world champion surfer Andy Irons. Andy struggled with the same demons that millions of people worldwide battle with daily. He was an incredible presence on the world surfing stage. He was the pride of Hawaii and revered around the world as as the “People’s Champion.” However, many were unaware of his internal battles that led to his passing. As the opioid crisis rises to a national emergency in the United States, the untold story of Andy’s life serves to tear down the myths and stigma associated with these two ferocious diseases.
Andy was a legend, a once in a generation talent who dominated his sport and influenced the future of his sport. He grew up and learned to surf North Shore in Kauai, Hawaii. During his professional career, he won three world titles (2002, 2003, 2004), three Quiksilver Pro France titles (2003, 2004, 2005), two Rip Curl Pro Search titles (2006 and 2007) and 20 elite tour victories including the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing four times from 2002-2006. On September 3, 2010 he won the Billabong Pro Teahupoo in Tahiti. Andy and Bruce hosted the Annual Irons Brothers Pinetrees Classic, a contest for young surfers, that Bruce still hosts annually. The Governor of Hawaii declared February 13 forever "Andy Irons Day". He was the only surfer to have won a title at every venue on the ASP calendar.