Bruce Irons riding high in final season

Andy Irons out

by Lanaly Cabalo – The Garden Island

It seems as though Kaua‘i’s Bruce Irons wants to finish his final competitive season on a high note. The 28-year-old current world No. 10, who won the most recent Association of Surfing Professionals World Tour event in Indonesia, continued his successful run by winning his Round 2 heat yesterday in the Boost Mobile Pro, in California, yesterday.

Irons took a sizable lead over Aritz Aranburu and held his momentum to win with a score of 16.34. It was a much-improved showing for Irons than in Round 1 where he finished second in his heat by nearly half of heat-winner Mikael Pikol of France.

“Compared to my last heat that was really good,” Irons said after the meet yesterday. “I had a bad board in my last heat so I went back to an old faithful and the waves are good so I just went out and had fun out there.”

Irons announced his retirement last month and will end his run as a professional surfer at the end of the Tour.

“Definitely, winning is key,” Irons said. “But it’s my last year so I’m just enjoying it and having fun. I’m getting married and having a kid so things are good.”

Also in the mix is fellow North Shore surfer Roy Powers and O‘ahu’s Sunny Garcia. Both won their Round 1 heats on Monday, giving them an automatic spot in today’s finishing of Round 3.

Andy Irons was knocked out of competition by the wildcard from Australia, Yadin Nicol. Surfing in his third event as a wildcard, Nicol nailed some signature aerial maneuvers to advance over Andy Irons.

O‘ahu’s Pancho Sullivan and Fred Pattachia were also eliminated yesterday in Round 2.

Four heats of Round 3 launched yesterday with Australians Bede Durbidge, Luke Steadman, Dean Morrison and Joel Parkinson all advancing to the next round.

For the remaining matchups for today and yesterday’s results, see left.

Boost Mobile Pro

Lower Trestles, California

Round 2

Heat 3: Yadin Nicol (AUS) 16.67 def. Andy Irons (HAW) 10.33

Heat 4: CJ Hobgood (USA) 14.43 def. Ricky Basnett (ZAF) 12.34

Heat 5: Jeremy Flores (FRA) 13.34 def. Jihad Khodr 11.50 (BRA)

Heat 6: Bruce Irons (HAW) 16.34 def. Aritz Aranburu (EUK) 11.77

Heat 7: Adrian Buchan (AUS) 7.83 def. Travis Logie (ZAF) 14.83

Heat 8: Heitor Alves (BRA) 16.43 def. Fred Patacchia (HAW) 13.00

Heat 9: Rodrigo Dornelles (BRA) 15.17def. Dayyan Neves (AUS) 13.00

Heat 10: Tom Whitaker (AUS) 14.44 def. Luke Munro (AUS) 16.33

Heat 11: Chris Ward (USA) advances, Neco Padaratz (BRA) injured

Heat 12: Tim Reyes (USA) 15.10 def. Mick Campbell (AUS) 8.24

Heat 13: Ben Dunn (AUS) 13.90 def. Jay Thompson (AUS) 14.50

Heat 14: Kieren Perrow (AUS) 15.40 def. Pancho Sullivan (HAW) 14.57

Heat 15: Taylor Knox (USA) 16.83 def. Tiago Pires (PRT) 16.43

Heat 16: Jordy Smith (ZAF) 16.60 def. Damien Hobgood (USA) 14.56

Round 3 Completed

Heat 1: Bede Durbidge (AUS) 18.23 def. Travis Logie (ZAF) 14.50

Heat 2: Luke Stedman (AUS) 13.00 def. Mikael Picon (FRA) 12.10

Heat 3: Dean Morrison (AUS) 13.73 def. Dane Reynolds (USA) 18.47

Heat 4: Joel Parkinson (AUS) 18.83 def. Daniel Ross (AUS) 13.43

Remaining Round 3 Matchups

Heat 5: Bobby Martinez (USA) vs. Ben Bourgeois (USA)

Heat 6: Kai Otton (AUS) vs. Luke Munro (AUS)

Heat 7: Roy Powers (HAW) vs. Kieren Perow (AUS)

Heat 8: Kelly Slater (USA) vs. Sunny Garcia (HAW)

Heat 9: Mick Fanning (AUS) vs. Yadin Nicol (AUS)

Heat 10: Tim Reyes (USA) vs. Taylor Knox (USA)

Heat 11: Adriano De Souza (BRA) vs. Rodrigo Dornelles (BRA)

Heat 12: Jeremy Flores (FRA) vs. Royden Bryson (ZAF)

Heat 13: Taj Burrow (AUS) vs. Brett Simpson (USA)

Heat 14: Chris Ward (USA) vs. Jordy Smith (ZAF)

Heat 15: C.J. Hobgood (USA) vs. Heitor Alves (BRA)

Heat 16: Bruce Irons (HAW) vs. Jay Thompson (AUS)

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