On tour, the rivalry between Kelly Slater and Andy Irons often turned heated. One time, Kelly Slater shares, he and Irons got into a physical altercation while on a boat in Fiji. Both had been drinking, and things escalated quickly. Unknown to Irons, Slater’s father had recently passed away, and when Irons realized, he profusely apologized. But it did not end there.
Slater shares: “Andy and I talked again that day and again at that time we were just in the middle of the day and he's like, "Hey man, I'm really sorry, about what I did," and I'm like, "Yeah, I'm sorry about what I said," and I go, "It was stupid," I go, "You didn't know my dad died, and I was using it to cover for fucking losing my hair, dude, don't worry about it, whatever." So we kinda got over it, but... And we were sorta friendly most of the rest of that year. And I think it was 2003 where things kinda got, really started getting heated between us.”