The Andy Irons movie finally dropped upon us not long ago and made a huge impact. No doubt it was hard on his close friends and loved ones to make. No one more so than Lyndie. She opened up about the process and her thoughts for Sean Doherty….


In terms of Andy’s bipolar, I suppose the tour might be a good environment when you’re up, but not so much when you’re down. Particularly when he was winning, did the rhythms of the disease work around the tour?

I think he was a lot more in control of his bipolar than we all thought and I think it worked for him in a way. He was so aggressive in the water and his manic highs worked for him, and they were so much more than his lows. I felt his lows. The real low, low part of the bipolar didn’t come out for me personally really until a few years into our relationship, until I noticed that they were drastic lows. I was like, that’s weird, and I noticed they happened in the same surf spots they’d happened in the year before, so there were patterns to it. I thought that was really weird. It felt like… I don’t know, it was a trip, but somehow he always pulled it together. He did what he needed to do and he got through heats when he was on his manic highs. That’s when he did his best and it fed him. It fed him more, to a point where he just kept ramping it up.

The story of Andy winning the Chile event while high was pretty startling. What are your memories of that event?

That trip was crazy for everyone. I remember all these people that I thought were so straight-edged doing coke. That trip was the gnarliest one I’ve ever been on. I remember Damien and Charlotte Hobgood praying for me at one stage. They were sitting around a table holding hands, praying. I don’t go to church and I’m watching this going, what is happening here?

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