LIHUE — The time to return the surfboard home was Tuesday as Chucky Boy Chock of the Kauai Museum accepted a surfboard belonging to Andy Irons and other items from Phil and Danielle Irons, Andy’s parents.
“This is a special surfboard,” Chock said. “When Bethany Hamilton had her encounter with the shark, he gave her this surfboard, autographed. She kept it and used it until just before she got married. ‘It’s time for the surfboard to go back home,’ she said when she returned it to Andy’s parents.”
The surfboard will form an integral part of the Andy Irons section for the surfing exhibit, which will take up the Ruth Hanner Media Center area of the museum.
Chock said they went through the materials the museum had and updated the exhibits, adding feature sections on Kauai surfers including Irons, Sharron Weber, Bethany Hamilton, Titus Kinimaka, and more.
“We’ll also be featuring Sebastian Zietz, the Triple Crown of Surfing winner,” Chock said. “Did you hear about Sharron’s stories and South Ameria? We’re in touch with the surfers and the display will be built up as items come in for exhibit. Hopefully, we can complete everything soon.”
Among the items contributed by the Irons family, there is a rendering of a postage stamp that was proposed to honor the Kauai surfer for the U.S. Postal Service.
Other items include Andy Irons shirts, including one which designates him as a three-time world champion.
An announcement will be made once the exhibit is complete and available for viewing.