Just about everything has been said about the rivalry between Kelly Slater and Andy Irons. Yet it’s still fascinating to get an insiders perspective on the stories between them. Jamie Tierney gives us just that.

Sample:

If Kelly clinched the thing. Because Andy Irons certainly wasn’t going down without a fight.

Andy looked me over. I think I saw on his face some sense of recognition: he knew who I was. He wasn’t happy I was in Brazil, or there in the house, but he also knew, without words, I didn’t want to be there, either.

Maybe he felt sorry for me. He was a tough guy, but not a bully. On this night, he would bark at Sherm and me, but not bite.

“Fuck Surfing Magazine,” Andy said before he walked away. “And fuck you, too.”

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