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Video: Kelly Slater Remembers Getting Into a Fight With Andy Irons

On tour, the rivalry between Kelly Slater and Andy Irons often turned heated. One time, Kelly Slater shares, he and Irons got into a physical altercation while on a boat in Fiji. Both had been drinking, and things escalated quickly. Unknown to Irons, Slater’s father had recently passed away, and when Irons realized, he profusely apologized. But it did not end there.

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Slater shares: “Andy and I talked again that day and again at that time we were just in the middle of the day and he's like, "Hey man, I'm really sorry, about what I did," and I'm like, "Yeah, I'm sorry about what I said," and I go, "It was stupid," I go, "You didn't know my dad died, and I was using it to cover for fucking losing my hair, dude, don't worry about it, whatever." So we kinda got over it, but... And we were sorta friendly most of the rest of that year. And I think it was 2003 where things kinda got, really started getting heated between us.”

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For centuries the ancient town of Nazaré was thought of only as a small fishing village along the Portuguese coast, if thought of at all. That all changed in 2011 when big wave legend and surf pioneer Garrett McNamara recorded himself with a GoPro riding down the face of a 78-foot behemoth within spitting distance of the town’s historic lighthouse. Since then, the once quiet town has been flooded by surfers and the town’s economy has been revitalized. Related: Rent or Download Andy Irons:

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The locals consider it a sign of good luck to take a massive wipeout when surfing Nazaré for the first time. If the legend is true, then renowned slab hunter Russell Bierke might be the luckiest guy in Portugal. After letting go of his towline and dropping into an estimated 60-footer, the young Aussie got overtaken by the pursuing wave and disappeared for 14 agonizing seconds. We can only imagine the beating he took, but if anyone has experience in that type of situation, it’s Russell. 

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