Lyndie Irons Exclusive: 'I wanted to tell his truth'
Born on Dec. 8, 2010, Axel has never celebrated a birthday with his dad, arriving a month after Andy died aged 32 in a hotel room in Dallas, Texas. He was en route to his pregnant wife in Hawaii after pulling out of a competition in Puerto Rico in November 2010. Dengue fever was originally cited as the cause of death, but coroner reports later stated Andy’s death was caused by a heart attack and “acute mixed drug ingestion,” listing Xanax, methadone, cocaine and traces of methamphetamine as the drugs found in his body.
“Axel is the main reason I started to get moving on the movie,” Lyndie tells WHO. “I knew I had to honour Andy in that way. I wanted to tell his truth because I didn’t want to read it anywhere else. It was my job as his wife, and Axel’s mother, to tell the true story.”
For the past three years, Lyndie and filmmakers Steve and Todd Jones, of Teton Gravity Research, have been quietly working on an honest account of the life and death of the most incandescent surfer of his generation, told through the loving eyes of those who knew him best, including his wife; Irons’s brother, Bruce; his parents, Danielle and Phil; and professional surfers Mick Fanning, Joel Parkinson (Axel’s godfather) and Kelly Slater, with whom Andy had a fierce rivalry.
Lyndie Irons Exclusive: I wanted to tell his truth