Bruce Irons to compete in Maldives contest; Blanchard withdraws

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    Bruce Irons stops for a photo in this 2007 photo.

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    Bruce Irons competes during the Billabong Pro Tahiti, in this 2006 photo.

COOLANGATTA, Queensland, Australia — With just a few weeks until the 2018 Four Seasons Maldives Surfing Champions Trophy kicks off, momentum is building with the announcement of the final invitees for the ‘world’s most luxurious surf event.’