Andy Irons is a name that won’t be erased from the history of surfing. He’s known to have been one of Kelly Slater‘s best contenders back then. In fact, he was addicted to beating him. The three-time world champion was also battling his own demons – opioid addiction and bipolar disorder – which were believed to have caused his downfall.
When Andy died in a hotel room in Texas, tropical disease was the official reason behind his death. But rumors say drugs really got him, leaving his pregnant wife behind.
Eight years after the surfing legend’s death, Kissed by God is being released and played at over 500 theaters.
What is the documentary about?
It’s a love story with Lyndie, a friction with brother Bruce, and Kelly Slater rivalry. It’s about victories, love, loss, loneliness and sickness.
What pros said during the outtakes:
“The most aggressive, powerful surfer but did it with style.” – John John Florence
“Everything slowed down and surfing went out the window. He barely free surfed. He used to just surf so much and then he just didn’t free surf so much. That changed it.” – Joel Parkinson
I remember I was just turning around and out of nowhere, Andy just grabs my face and he goes, ‘I wanted you to remember exactly the first time you saw me after you won.’ – Mick Fanning
The movie premiered at Regency Village Theatre, Los Angeles, Hawaii Theatre Center, Honolulu and NYU Skirball, The NYC Premiere last May.
Australian premiere dates:
July 25 – Cremorne Orpheum Theatre, Sydney
August 2 – Twin Towns, Gold Coast
August 3 – Avoca Beach Picture Theatre, Avoca
August 7 – Astor Theatre, Melbourne
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